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Powell Point provides unique Wasatch Limestone Formation soils that host rare plant species that are locally endemic to southern Utah. The ancient bristlecone pines at Powell Point have weathered millenia in this unique cushion plant community surrounded by steep cliffs, open escarpments, and spectacular views.

From here, it's easy to imagine why the region south of this point is called the "Grand Staircase." Like the layers of a cake, the land south of Powell Point "steps" down to different levels of sandstone, the closer you get to the Colorado River, the lower the elevation.

On the Road: The hike from the parking area on Table Cliff Plateau out to Powell Point is approximately 1 mile and goes through high elevation stands of Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir. Visitors should keep in mind that there is only one established trail in this viewing site. The soils (white Wasatch Limestone) in the area are highly erosive and littered with talus.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Tom Robson

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