Great White Throne (mountain)

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The Great White Throne
Zion Great White Throne.JPG
The Great White Throne in Zion National Park
Highest point
Elevation 6,747 ft (2,056 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 664 ft (202 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°15′40″N 112°56′28″W / 37.2610932°N 112.941051°W / 37.2610932; -112.941051Coordinates: 37°15′40″N 112°56′28″W / 37.2610932°N 112.941051°W / 37.2610932; -112.941051[2]
The Great White Throne is located in Utah
The Great White Throne
The Great White Throne
Location in Utah
Location Washington County, Utah. U.S.
Topo map USGS Temple of Sinawava

The Great White Throne is a mountain of white Navajo Sandstone in Zion National Park of southwestern Utah, United States.[1] The north face rises 2,350 feet (720 m) in 1,500 feet (460 m) from the floor of Zion Canyon near Angels Landing. It is often used as a symbol of Zion National Park. The Great White Throne can be seen from most locations along the scenic drive running through Zion Canyon.[citation needed]


The Great White Throne was named by the Methodist minister of Ogden, Utah, Frederick Vining Fisher, in 1916.[3] On a trip up the canyon with Claud Hirschi, son of Rockville bishop David Hirschi, Fisher and Hirschi named many features in Zion Canyon. Later afternoon light gloriously lit up The Great White Throne, prompting Fischer to state:

Never have I seen such a sight before. It is by all odds America's masterpiece. Boys, I have looked for this mountain all my life but I never expected to find it in this world. This mountain is the Great White Throne.[3]

Climbing Regulations[edit]

A bivouac permit is required from the park visitor center for any climbs expected to last overnight. White chalk is discouraged; colored chalk is recommended.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "The Great White Throne, Utah". Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "The Great White Throne". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b A History of Southern Utah and Its National Parks, Angus M. Woodbury (Utah State Historical Society, Vol XII Nos. 3–4, July–October 1944; revised and reprinted, 1950: pages 198-199 OCLC 4084746)
  4. ^ Climbing regulations. Zion National Park.

External links[edit]

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