Red Butte

Tusayan, Arizona

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An easy hike to a unique geologic feature. The trail heads up the west slopes of the butte in a series of switchbacks, reaching a shoulder before climbing the summit knob. The small summit plateau is open and the view is good in all directions. A fire-lookout building stands at the northeast edge. If the lookout is staffed, be sure to ask permission before climbing up. Red Butte is formed primarily from reddish Moenkopi sandstone, which is younger than any of the rocks that form the Grand Canyon.

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"An easy hike to a unique geologic feature. The trail heads up the west slopes of the butte in a series of switchbacks, reaching a shoulder before climbing the summit knob. The small summit plateau is open and the view is good in all directions.

A fire-lookout building stands at the northeast edge. If the lookout is staffed, be sure to ask permission before climbing up. Red Butte is formed primarily from reddish Moenkopi sandstone, which is younger than any of the rocks that form the Grand Canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tusayan
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 960 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Red Butte; Kaibab National Forest (Williams, Chalender, and Tusayan Ranger Districts) map
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Butte

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May 2018