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Address: Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy., 1 mi west of the East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
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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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The Checkerboard Mesa is an iconic rock formation of Zion National Park and it looks very interesting - almost unreal and most unusual crack pattern. There are hiking trails... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

This mountain is so stunningly beautiful, like it was designed by a great painter or architect. Since the viewpoint is North to South, better light at the beginning or end of the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The Checkerboard Mesa is an iconic rock formation of Zion National Park and it looks very interesting - almost unreal and most unusual crack pattern. There are hiking trails available in the area. Checkerboard Mesa hike is one of them. This unique hike leads near the summit of the Mesa. The best spot to look at the Mesa is from... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Beautiful. It is just hard to imagine that it is natural. Just breath taking!! It is a trip everyone should make to see natural beauty!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We remember this huge sandstone mountain feature when we drove the Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway years ago. Really memorable and still an awesome sight. There is a pullout to take pictures and read about the Mesa's formation.

Thank Knox10SC
St. Charles, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is just another of the unreal sights within Zion National Park. The colors are varied enough that it really does resemble a checkerboard. There is not a respite when you are traveling through this park, your head is on a swivel and actually it is an easy drive, no real pressure like through the mountains. TIp: Remember no National... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Along the 12 miles from the ticket booth to the Visitor Center you will encounter the strangest mass. We had to get out of the car and touch it in disbelief. It looks man-made and the almost like plastic. unreal and huge. The checkered scrapes are to exact. Still cannot explain.

Thank ilikeguitar
Corby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

not one to spend too long looking at but worth the stop to see this unusual geological formation. formed by sand dunes which were subsequently comprised and then cracked whilst drying out the whole hillside looks like a checker board.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We travelled through Zion on the Zion Mount Carmel Hwy and was very impressed at the stunning views along the way. We pulled off the road quite a few times as we wanted to take in the views properly and get some great photo's. The Checkerboard Mesa is huge and is well worth stopping off to admire, there is a... More 

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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.

Thank Dale W
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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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