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The Pulpit
The Altar and the Pulpit, Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah (1025444311).jpg
The Pulpit seen from the north
Highest point
Elevation 4,600 ft (1,400 m)
Prominence 160 ft (49 m)
Isolation 0.87 mi (1.40 km)
Parent peak Mount Majestic (6,956 ft)
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
First ascent 1967
Easiest route class 5.9 climbing

The Pulpit is a 4,600-foot (1,400 m) elevation Navajo Sandstone pillar located in Zion National Park, in Washington County of southwest Utah, United States. The Pulpit is situated in the Temple of Sinawava at the north end of Zion Canyon, rising 160-feet (50 meters) above the canyon floor and the North Fork of the Virgin River which drains precipitation runoff from this rock. It is a photographic icon seen from the parking area at the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and the entrance to The Narrows. Neighbors include Mountain of Mystery to the north, Observation Point to the southeast, Angels Landing and The Organ to the south, and Cathedral Mountain to the southwest. The first ascent was made April 15, 1967, by Fred Beckey, Eric Bjornstad, Hal Woodworth, Pat Callis, and Galen Rowell.


Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to view or climb The Pulpit. 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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