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Address: Zion-Mount Carmel Hwy., 1 mi west of the East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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.

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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.

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Bellevur
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
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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