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Geography of the Kanab Plateau Basin

The Kanab Plateau Basin, located in the north central part of the planning area is 4,247 square miles in area.  Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 6.3-1.  The basin is characterized by plateaus and canyons. Vegetation types include Mohave and Great Basin desertscrub, Plains and Great Basin grassland, Great Basin conifer woodland, Great Basin subalpine conifer forest and Rocky Mountain and madrean montane conifer forest.  There are small areas of subalpine grassland on the Kaibab Plateau south of Jacob Lake. (See Figure 6.0-11)

Principal geographic features shown on Figure 6.3-1 are:

  • The Colorado River and Grand Canyon forming the southern basin boundary and the lowest point at 1,600 feet where the river exits the basin

  • A series of plateaus running north-south; the Kaibab, Kanab and Uinkaret plateaus

  • Vermillion Cliffs in the northeast portion of the basin, Hurricane Cliffs on the northwestern basin boundary and Marble Canyon on the eastern basin boundary.

    Granite Gorge on the southeastern basin boundary

  • Antelope Valley between the Uinkaret and Kanab Plateaus

  • Point Imperial, the highest point in the basin at 8,803 feet, located northeast of the North Rim




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