Red Butte

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Red Butte
Red Butte, Arizona 2003-11-15.jpg
Red Butte from the south
Highest point
Elevation 7,329 ft (2,234 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 956 ft (291 m) [2]
Coordinates 35°49′14″N 112°05′23″W / 35.820485764°N 112.089632722°W / 35.820485764; -112.089632722Coordinates: 35°49′14″N 112°05′23″W / 35.820485764°N 112.089632722°W / 35.820485764; -112.089632722[1]
Red Butte is located in Arizona
Red Butte
Red Butte
Location Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Parent range Coconino Plateau
Topo map USGS Red Butte
Age of rock Mesozoic[3]
Easiest route USFS trail on west side

Red Butte is a butte located in the Kaibab National Forest in Coconino County, Arizona. (Not to be confused with Red Mountain which is a blown out volcano located a few miles to the south.) It is known to the Havasupai nation as Wii'i Gdwiisa, "clenched fist mountain," and is regarded as a sacred site.[4]

Moenkopi sandstone outcrop

Red Butte is the most notable feature on the Coconino Plateau between the San Francisco volcanic field and the Grand Canyon. Its base is formed of sandstones of the Moenkopi Formation. Above that are strata of the Shinarump Conglomerate; the summit is capped with volcanic rocks.

A trail leads to the summit along the west side.[3] The summit affords a good view of the San Francisco Peaks, but because of the slope of the Coconino Plateau, only the uppermost part of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can be seen.

Lookout tower[edit]

Fire lookout at summit

The Red Butte tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register. Its design is based on the USFS CL 100 plan with modifications. The 14' x 14' cab with tinted windows has a permanent roof overhang for shade. There is a metal catwalk and two cistern tanks for lookout staff water supply.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Red". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Red Butte, Arizona". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Red Butte Trail". Kaibab National Forest. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Religious Freedom The Environment And Uranium". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Red Butte Lookout". National Historic Lookout Register. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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