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Mountain of Mystery
Virgin River, Zion 2009.jpg
Southwest aspect, from The Narrows
Highest point
Elevation 6,565 ft (2,001 m)
Prominence 805 ft (245 m)
Isolation 0.45 mi (0.72 km)
Parent peak Flagpole Mountain
Location Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah
United States
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Temple of Sinawava
Age of rock Jurassic
Type of rock Navajo sandstone
Easiest route class 5.2 Northeast Buttress

Mountain of Mystery is a 6,565-foot (2,001 m) elevation Navajo Sandstone summit located in Zion National Park, in Washington County of southwest Utah, United States. Mountain of Mystery is situated above The Narrows, towering over 2,100-feet (640 meters) above the floor of Zion Canyon and the North Fork Virgin River which drains precipitation runoff from this mountain. This peak rises above Orderville Canyon on its north side, and Mystery Canyon on the south. Its neighbors include Mount Majestic, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain, Angels Landing, and The Organ. This feature's name was officially adopted in 1934 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The first ascent via the Northeast Buttress was made 15 September 2001, by Brian Cabe and Tom Jones.


Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Mountain of Mystery. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.


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