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Tower Butte
Tower Butte shadow.jpg
East aspect
Highest point
Elevation 5,287 ft (1,611 m)
Prominence 977 ft (298 m)
Isolation 4.22 mi (6.79 km)
Parent peak Point 5408
Geography
Location Navajo Reservation
Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Wild Horse Mesa
Geology
Age of rock Jurassic
Type of rock Entrada Sandstone
Climbing
First ascent October 23, 1994
Easiest route class 5.10a climbing

Tower Butte is a 5,287-foot (1,611 meter) elevation sandstone summit located south of Lake Powell, in northern Arizona. Tower Butte is a butte composed of Romana and Entrada Sandstones with a Morrison Formation caprock. It is situated 9 miles (14 km) northeast of the town of Page, and 7.5 miles (12.1 km) north of LeChee Rock, on Navajo Nation land, towering over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain as an iconic landmark of the area. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains into Lake Powell, which is part of the Colorado River drainage basin. The first ascent of Tower Butte was made October 23, 1994, by Jason Keith and David Insley. However, they were not the first to visit the summit as they reported finding litter from prior helicopter landings. An outfit operating out of Page flies helicopter sightseeing flights which land on the flat top of the butte where tourists have panoramic views of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell, and Navajo Mountain.

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Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Tower Butte is located in an arid climate zone with hot, very dry summers, and chilly winters with very little snow. It is located in the southern edge of the Great Basin Desert on the Colorado Plateau. Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit.

Climate data for Page, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
91
(32.8)
102
(38.9)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
100
(37.8)
93
(33.9)
77
(25)
66
(18.9)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 43.1
(6.17)
50.3
(10.17)
59.5
(15.28)
68.5
(20.28)
78.5
(25.83)
90.2
(32.33)
95.1
(35.06)
92.0
(33.33)
83.5
(28.61)
69.7
(20.94)
53.8
(12.11)
43.7
(6.5)
69.0
(20.56)
Average low °F (°C) 26.3
(-3.17)
30.4
(-0.89)
37.0
(2.78)
43.6
(6.44)
52.6
(11.44)
62.3
(16.83)
68.3
(20.17)
66.4
(19.11)
58.4
(14.67)
46.6
(8.11)
34.7
(1.5)
27.1
(-2.72)
46.1
(7.83)
Record low °F (°C) −11
(-23.9)
6
(-14.4)
18
(-7.8)
25
(-3.9)
31
(-0.6)
44
(6.7)
56
(13.3)
46
(7.8)
40
(4.4)
24
(-4.4)
16
(-8.9)
1
(-17.2)
−11
(-23.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.61
(15.5)
0.48
(12.2)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.40
(10.2)
0.14
(3.6)
0.58
(14.7)
0.69
(17.5)
0.66
(16.8)
0.99
(25.1)
0.56
(14.2)
0.48
(12.2)
6.74
(171.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.1
(5.3)
1.2
(3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
5.4
(13.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.0 5.2 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6 5.2 4.5 4.3 3.2 3.9 47.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.9 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.6 2.6
Source: NOAA
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