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Colorado Plateau

Range TypeHighland or plateau
Highest PointMount Peale (12,721 ft/3877 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesArizona (40%), Utah (31%), New Mexico (21%), Colorado (7%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area126,227 sq mi / 326,927 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent513 mi / 826 km North-South
440 mi / 709 km East-West
Center Lat/Long36° 31' N; 110° 2' W
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Map of Colorado Plateau
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Colorado Plateau.
Intermountain WestLevel 2 (Parent)
         British Columbia InteriorLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Columbia MountainsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Columbia PlateauLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Great Basin RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Colorado PlateauLevel 3
                 Roan CliffsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Central Utah PlateausLevel 4 (Child)
                 CanyonlandsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Grand Canyon PlateausLevel 4 (Child)
                 Navajo AreaLevel 4 (Child)
                 Central Arizona HighlandsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Southeast Colorado PlateauLevel 4 (Child)
         Southwest Basins and RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Colorado Plateau

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Mount Peale12,7213877Canyonlands
2.Mount Mellenthin12,6453854Canyonlands
3.Humphreys Peak12,6333851Central Arizona Highlands
4.Mount Tukuhnikivatz12,4823805Canyonlands
5.Agassiz Peak12,3563766Central Arizona Highlands
6.Mount Waas12,3313758Canyonlands
7.Manns Peak12,2723741Canyonlands
8.Mount Laurel12,2713740Canyonlands
9.Mount Tomasaki12,2393730Canyonlands
10.Pilot Mountain12,200+3719+Canyonlands
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Mount Peale12,7213877Canyonlands
2.Humphreys Peak12,6333851Central Arizona Highlands
3.Delano Peak12,1693709Central Utah Plateaus
4.Chicoma Mountain11,5613524Southeast Colorado Plateau
5.Navajo Mountain10,3463153Navajo Area
6.Strawberry Peak10,3353150Roan Cliffs
7.Kaibab Plateau High Point9200+2804+Grand Canyon Plateaus



Photos of Peaks in the Colorado Plateau

Humphreys Peak

Looking up to Humphreys Peak (left) and Mount Agassiz (right) from Hart Prairie (1989-05-04).
Navajo Mountain
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Isolated and imposing Navajo Mountain, Utah from the south. Photo by Ken Jones.
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Roof Butte
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Roof Butte in early October. Photo by Ken Jones.
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Mount Trumbull
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The start of many adventures-the trailhead. This is the one for Mount Trumbull (2010-06-11). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Shiprock
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Shiprock is perhaps the most iconic and best-known peak in New Mexico. Photo by Ken Jones.
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The Great White Throne
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The Great White Throne is a overwhelming presence in Zion National Park (2009-07-21). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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The Watchman
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The Watchman looks out over Zion National Park (2009-07-21). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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Checkerboard Mesa
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Checkerbaord Mesa is a landmark of Zion National Park. Photo by William Musser.
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Angels Landing
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Rest stop on the way up Angels Landing in winter (2009-01-08). Photo by James Barlow.
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Independence Monument
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Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument (2009-08-06). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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