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Nagunt Mesa
Sandstone giant, Nagunt Mesa, Kolob Canyon, UT.jpg
Nagunt Mesa from the west
Highest point
Elevation 7,785 ft (2,373 m)
Prominence 905 ft (276 m)
Isolation 0.90 mi (1.45 km)
Parent peak Timber Top Mountain (8,055 ft)
Geography
Location Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah, US
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Kolob Arch
Geology
Age of rock Jurassic
Type of rock Navajo sandstone
Climbing
Easiest route class 5.9 A2+ climbing

Nagunt Mesa is a 7,785-foot (2,373 m) mountain summit located in the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park in Washington County, Utah, United States.

Description

Its nearest higher neighbor is Timber Top Mountain, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) to the south, with Paria Point and Tucupit Point situated to the north. Walls of Jurassic Navajo sandstone encircle this mesa-like feature, ranging up to 1,400-ft high in places. Precipitation runoff from the mesa drains into Timber Creek, which is part of the Virgin River drainage basin. This feature's nagunt name is the Paiute word for "bighorn sheep".

Climate

Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Nagunt Mesa. 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.

Kolob canyons
Kolob Canyons: Beatty Point (left), Nagunt Mesa (left of center), Timber Top Mountain (right)
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