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Red Arch Mountain
Red Arch Mountain - Zion National Park.jpg
North aspect, from Angels Landing Trail
Highest point
Elevation 5,930 ft (1,810 m)
Prominence 210 ft (64 m)
Isolation 0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Parent peak The Great White Throne (6,744 ft)
Geography
Location Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah
United States
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Temple of Sinawava
Geology
Age of rock Jurassic
Type of rock Navajo sandstone

Red Arch Mountain is a 5,930-foot (1,810 m) elevation Navajo Sandstone summit located in Zion National Park, in Washington County of southwest Utah, United States. Red Arch Mountain is situated immediately northeast of Zion Lodge, towering 1,700-feet (520 meters) above the lodge and the floor of Zion Canyon. It is set on the east side of the North Fork Virgin River which drains precipitation runoff from this mountain. Its neighbors include Mount Majestic, Cathedral Mountain, The Great White Throne, Mountain of the Sun, Mount Moroni, and Lady Mountain. This mountain's descriptive name was officially adopted in 1934 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. It is so named for a blind arch that formed in 1880 on the northwest face when a rock avalanche fell into the valley. This event buried the Gifford farm in rubble. It happened on a Sunday when the family was away at church in Springdale.

Climate

Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Red Arch Mountain. 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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