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Smithsonian Butte




Plate 1224X. Smithsonian Butte 1938 – 2006 Viewed southwest to Smithsonian Butte (6,632 ft) south of Zion National Park. Pinyon and juniper now block the original photopoint, so the retake was made from the nearest open area. As pinyon and juniper have increased, sagebrush and blackbrush have declined.

Photo Information:

Original photograph taken by J.C. Anderson (No. 87) in 1938; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 9, 2006 - - Photo No. 5648-17. Original photograph held by the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.

Vegetative Community:

Pinyon, Juniper, Sagebrush, Black Conifer Brush


South West: Section 14, Range 11 West, Township 42 South; UTM 316250 E, 4111250 N; elevation 4,400 ft.

January 2018