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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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Lovely Geologic Formation

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Interesting geological formation. I have not seen it elsewhere. The other vistas from this location are spectacular as well. Well worth the time to stop and take it all in. Love this park and the drive through it.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If for no other reason than to go through the tunnel and stop at the top for the short hike to the canyon overlook this is a must do part of your visit. It will probably also allow you to be able to see several types of wild life.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Checkerboard Mesa is a pretty unique looking part of Zion but the real highlight of this side of the park is the Bighorn Sheep. We had multiple sightings of bighorn while on this side of the park. The 1st time near dusk while hiking the Canyon Overlook trail. The second time was early morning as we made our way to... More 

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Address: 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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