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Powell Plateau (Arizona)
White pack burro standing on a slope at the Grand Canyon, ca.1900 (CHS-3041).jpg
(an area adjacent Powell Plateau)
(Steamboat Mountain in the distance)
Highest point
Elevation 7,661 ft (2,335 m)
Prominence 961 ft (293 m)
Isolation 3.0 mi (4.8 km)
Parent peak Kaibab Plateau
(Swamp Point)
Location (West)-Grand Canyon
National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS King Arthur Castle
Age of rock Permian
Mountain type sedimentary rock: limestone, siltstone, mudstone, sandstone, shale
Type of rock Kaibab Limestone,
Toroweap Formation,
Coconino Sandstone,
Hermit Shale,
Supai Group,
Redwall Limestone,
Muav Limestone,
Bright Angel Shale

Powell Plateau, named for geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell, is a 7,661-foot-elevation plateau-summit located in western Grand Canyon, about 13 mi northwest of Grand Canyon Village in Coconino County of northern Arizona, USA. Being a large plateau. (~300 acres, 0.47 mi2), the plateau causes a large west-northeast-north excursion of the west-flowing Colorado River, caused by the southwest arm of the plateau. There is a slightly-southeast trending arm, and the main plateau then trends north to higher elevations.

The east side of Powell Plateau is drained by White Creek (Muav Canyon), and is traversed by the North Bass Trail. The high point prominence is at the plateau's north terminus, opposite Swamp Point, (North Rim). The high point at the southeast arm's terminus adjacent Dutton Point is 7,538 ft. The high point of the southwest arm is 6,883 ft.

Dutton Point and Masonic Temple
Dutton Point of Powell Plateau (upper left)
The Grand Canyon from about 30,000 feet
Powell Plateau (right), Great Thumb Mesa (left), aerial from airliner


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