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Address: Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy., 1 mi west of the East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Mesa country that is laid out in a checkerboard pattern and is a...
Mesa country that is laid out in a checkerboard pattern and is a photographer's delight.
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Unique Rock Formation

There is a turnout near the east park entrance that is optimal for view this geologic formation. The mesa rises about 900 ft. above the highway. The checkerboard is caused by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Dale W
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Clayton, California
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Clayton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

There is a turnout near the east park entrance that is optimal for view this geologic formation. The mesa rises about 900 ft. above the highway. The checkerboard is caused by the wind (horizontal) and thawing and freezing (vertical). It is a unique formation and it's worth it to drive up from the canyon to view it.

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Bellevur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This feature is near the East entry of Zion National Park. Great views can be seen at a turnout on the Zion - Mt Carmel Highway.The unique erosion has created a checkerboard effect throughout the mesa. While this type of erosion can be seen to a small degree on other rocks of this type it is overwhelming to see it... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Zion national park is stunning. The traffic was bad but the drive through once through the gates was very pleasant. The visitor center and the museum were very nice. The drive to zion was very pretty. We had a very nice tripand on to Bryce caanyon.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Shortly after you pass through the East entrance, pull off at the scenic overlook to view the sandstone marvel. There is nothing else like it in the park.

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Titusville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Even if you are scared to death of height and hate tunnels, you can't miss this beautiful geological formation that looks out of place compared to the canyon walls. There is a viewpoint where you can stop and take a photo. If you have a telephoto lens the checkerboard becomes clearer. Unusual and fun to take a break on this... More 

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The Checkerboard Mesa is hard to miss if you are driving on the Zion highway, and it's worth a stop for a good photo. The geology is very unusual and it extends around several structures in this area. You can get some good views of it if you take the East Rim Trail as well.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Pretty much entering into the scenic zion park.....Spectacular!!!...Sceneries were awesome....Photography area for sure!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Worth the stop in this landmark Pretty geological formation! Make a quick stop and take some pics! Let mother nature surprise you!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

If you're ever driving along the beautiful Zion-Mount Carmel Highway make sure to stop at this site. There is a large pull out to park and stretch your legs and enjoy the view of a rather interesting geological formation. It's pretty cool to see the checkerboard lines running across the entire mesa. No need to spend hours here, just stop... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Almost missed this as I was coming from the West and did not notice the Checkerboard Mesa but on the return trip you can't miss the mesa. Nice but not a must see.

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Address: Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy., 1 mi west of the East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Zion National Park

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