Powell Point

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Powell Point is the highest point in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Clarion formation, the highest sandstone layer in the Grand Staircase region of the larger Colorado Plateau. The point is actually fairly easily reached by a decent dirt road and a short trail hike out to the point. Bristlecone pines, the oldest living organisms on the planet, inhabit the summit plateau, where expansive views of southern Utah and northern Arizona can be found, from the Grand Canyon to the south, to the Henry Mountains and Glen Canyon to the east, as well as Zion National Park to the southwest. Powell Point is named in honor of famous American explorer and geologist Major John Wesley Powell, the leader of the first successful navigation of the Colorado River, including the first successful navigation of the mighty Colorado through the Grand Canyon.