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The Peaks of the Grand Canyon

Updated on September 19, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

The Peaks of the Grand Canyon

I love the Grand Canyon, it will literally take you breath away and strike you silent when you see it for the first time. That is what struck me in our visit there, is how quiet everyone becomes as the begin to take in the magnificent view of the Canyon.

There is a quote I saw on a sign in the Grand Canyon from a visitor long, long ago;

"No language can fully describe, no artist paint the beauty, grandeur, immensity, and sublimity of the wonderful production, of Nature's great architect. (Grand Canyon) Must be seen to be appreciated."

-C.O. Hall, Grand Canyon Visitor, 1895

I can not put it any better than that.

In this part of the Grand Canyon Series you will see many of the Peaks of the Grand Canyon and the names of some. I have a topical map with all the names, but comparing an aerial drawing and the horizontal photographs has not been as simple as I first thought. So I went to all of you for help.

I am extremely happy to announce that all the photos of these mountain peaks have their proper names now, with thanks to all of you, the experts!

Chuar Butte and Temple Butte in the Grand Canyon

Chuar Butte and Temple Butte in the Grand Canyon
Chuar Butte and Temple Butte in the Grand Canyon

In this photo you see Temple Butte (which stands at 5308 ft, 1618 m) and some of Chuar Butte (which is 6394 ft. high or 1949 m.) standing behind it.

Barberceta Butte at the Grand Canyon - A Big Thank you to Canyonwren for naming this Butte!

Barberceta Butte at the Grand Canyon
Barberceta Butte at the Grand Canyon

Barberceta Butte (Supai Sandstone layer) in the background in Tilted Mesa and the Nankoweap drainage, photo taken from Nankoweap Mesa area.

Humphreys Peak, of the San Francisco Peaks

Humphreys Peak, of the San Francisco Peaks
Humphreys Peak, of the San Francisco Peaks

Humphreys Peak, of the San Francisco Peaks

Jupiter Temple, off Cape Final on the North Rim. - Thank you Mr Squeakers for naming this previously unknown peak!

Jupiter Temple, off Cape Final on the North Rim.
Jupiter Temple, off Cape Final on the North Rim.

Jupiter Temple, off Cape Final on the North Rim. The ridge in the foreground is the north section of Rama Shrine, off Cape Royal. Vishnu Temple is jut out of view to the left. The photograph was taken from the South Rim Drive, probably at Grandview Point.

Cedar Mountain at the Grand Canyon

Cedar Mountain at the Grand Canyon
Cedar Mountain at the Grand Canyon

Cedar Mountain at the Grand Canyon

Malagosa Crest at the Grand Canyon - Thank you Canyonwren for helping to name this Peak too!

Malagosa Crest at the Grand Canyon
Malagosa Crest at the Grand Canyon

Malagosa Crest just West of the River, between Chuar and Nankoweap Mesas.

Three views of Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon - First view of Isis Temple

First view of Isis Temple
First view of Isis Temple

Three views of Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon - 2nd view of Isis Temple

2nd view of Isis Temple
2nd view of Isis Temple

Three views of Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon - 3rd view of Isis Temple

3rd view of Isis Temple
3rd view of Isis Temple

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon - Thanks to the Zen Cowboy, we now know its name.

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon
Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple - Thank you Zen Cowboy!

Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple

Buddha Temple in the Grand Canyon

Buddha Temple in the Grand Canyon
Buddha Temple in the Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon - Thanks to the Zen Cowboy, we now know its name.

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon
Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Information showing Isis and Buddha Temple - How they lay in the Grand Canyon.

Information showing Isis and Buddha Temple
Information showing Isis and Buddha Temple

Information showing Isis and Buddha Temple and how they lay in the Grand Canyon.

O'Neill Butte in the Grand Canyon - Thank you Zen Cowboy!

O'Neill Butte, with Cedar Ridge obscured by the rim taken from Mather Point
O'Neill Butte, with Cedar Ridge obscured by the rim taken from Mather Point

O'Neill Butte, with Cedar Ridge obscured by the rim taken from Mather Point

A peek at Vishnu Temple in the Grand Canyon - Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon
Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

Vishnu Temple, Grand Canyon

The Tower of Set in the Grand Canyon - Thank you 24kGem for helping me find the name of this one!

The Tower of Set in the Grand Canyon
The Tower of Set in the Grand Canyon

The Tower of Set in the Grand Canyon

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I really appreciate you! Please drop a note below so that I know you were here.

Thank you,

Linda

Thank you!

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    • ArtByLinda profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Hoxie 

      5 years ago from Idaho

      @MrSqueakers: Huge thank you to MrSqueakers for helping to name the last peak in the Grand Canyon, mystery solved and they are all proudly displaying their names!

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      MrSqueakers 

      6 years ago

      The "Do you know my name" peak is definitely the Jupiter Temple, off Cape Final on the North Rim. The ridge in the foreground is the north section of Rama Shrine, off Cape Royal. Vishnu Temple is jut out of view to the left. The photograph was taken from the South Rim Drive, probably at Grandview Point. I have a wide-angle picture of the scene from an almost identical perspective. That must be quite the lens you have !

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Your gorgeous lens makes me want to make an immediate return trip to Grand Canyon. Thank you for the loveliness.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Oh my goodness, these pictures of the Grand Canyon are beautiful. It must be breath taking to see this marvelous place in person. Very nice!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Hello Linda. I'm still not sure the name of your "Do You Know My Name" picture, but I do believe I know the location of it by now, thanks to one of your pictures of Vishnu Temple on this web-site. If you look at the Vishnu Temple picture (the one with trees down at right), then you will see a peak located behind Vishnu Temple (left to Vishnu on the picture) which absolutely look like the "Do You Know My Name" peak. Please notice the two shadowed parts in front of the peak too in both of your pictures. I still don't have a clue from which point view that picture was captured by you. Maybe you had a very good camera lins or you had a walk in the canyon? The peak's name is maybe (yes, I mean maybe - absolutely not sure) either Cape Royal or Cape Final. Anyway, thanks you for sharing with us those beautiful pictures of this stunning place of our earth.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      @anonymous: Hi Martin,

      I know there is an Angels Landing, which could have a peak called Angels Peak that I am not aware of. Anyone else know the answer to this one?

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      Linda Hoxie 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      @anonymous: You know Peter, I am not sure. I might be able to look through the entire pictures and figure it out. I know we entered from the east on the south rim.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I'm trying to help you to find the name of the "Do You Know My Name" peak. Do you remember from which point view you captured that specific picture?

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Hello, really nice page about the awesome Grand Canyon. I took pictures from Desert Viewpoint and I was told that there was a peak called Angels Peak. I don't see it on your page. Is there a peak clled like that or am I wrong?

      Thank you, Martin (the Netherlands)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      @ArtByLinda: How about Jupiter Temple near the North Rim's Cape Final? My guess came from Hamblin & Murphy (1969, rev. 1980) GRAND CANYON PERSPECTIVES, a book of line drawings of scenes from many points on both rims, with IDs of many Canyon features. The ones on pages 29 & 33 (from Grandview & Lipan Points respectively)look pretty good, but...

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      The pic at the bottom (two below O'Neill Butte) is of the Tower of Set. It's right above the amphitheaters.

    • ArtByLinda profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      A huge thank you to canyonwren and 24KGem for helping to name these Peaks in the Grand Canyon. You guys are awesome and I really appreciate you taking the time to help find their names! One more left to find the name of! :) Anyone?

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      DrRichard LM 

      8 years ago

      Great pictures. I really enjoyed this lens - 5 stars

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I believe your 2nd photo down is looking NW to Barberceta Butte (Supai Sandstone layer) in the background in Tilted Mesa and the Nankoweap drainage, photo taken from Nankoweap Mesa area. Your iguana look alike may be Malagosa Crest just West of the River, between Chuar and Nankoweap Mesas.

    • ArtByLinda profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      [in reply to Zen Cowboy]

      Thank you so much, they now have been named! I truly appreciate your help!

      Linda

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Hi. The name of the formation under the "Who am I?" heading is Vishnu Temple. The image two below that is the same, then again several below that is another image of Vishnu between the rocks. The image looking down with a tree and bush visible in the foreground is of O'Neill Butte, with Cedar Ridge obscured by the rim, more than likely taken from Mather Point. I don't know all of the the Canyon's formations, but I'm firm on these.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      If I'll have a chance to visit The Grand Canyon, I'll ask the guide to name the peaks in the pictures. :)

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous! My favorite part of the pictures are all the colors in the rocks and the shadows that are cast. Wish I could say I know the name of the peaks in question, I have yet to be to The Grand Canyon, hopefully before I kick the bucket I will make it there ;)

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      Kiwisoutback 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful shots you've taken, it can be difficult to get good ones with the intense light that shines down on the desert and rock, but you've pulled it off nicely. Great work!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I am amazed at the colors! This is wonderful. No matter what the names are, they are beautiful.

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      rewards4life info 

      9 years ago

      An amazing photographs. Never been there, but now I want to go. Thnaks for sharing your experience

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Breathtaking pictures Linda!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very beautiful pictures. I remember walking down the Grand Canyon on a very hot day and with no water. It wasn't as much fun walking back up. After seeing this lens I want to go back.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I was there several years ago. Love your pictures!

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      Patricia 

      9 years ago

      The Grand Canyon is majestic. Great lens and pictures!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Ah, a lens right up my alley! (And in my neck of the woods ... uh, desert.) There are folks at the Canyon who seem to know every name of every peak, spire, mesa, butte and so forth, not to mention the stories behind those names. I'm well acquainted with Humphreys Peak, though, just outside of my home of Flagstaff. Anyhow, I'm lensrolling this to my Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim.

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