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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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Looks good at any time but covered in snow it's special...

Stop off and take some pictures of this weird landscape as you either drive into our out of Zion Canyon main area. Well worth a look, looks weird covered in snow.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Henry T
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Reading, United Kingdom

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Reading, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stop off and take some pictures of this weird landscape as you either drive into our out of Zion Canyon main area. Well worth a look, looks weird covered in snow.

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I assume you have a car when you're in Zion, and it is worth driving to see this. The drive itself can be combined with the other outlooks, and the time you need to see this is definitely worth it. Not sure how many similar mountains like this exists, have not seen this before.

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Thank Alexander Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The texture is beautiful, and one would love to google the reason behind it. The work of art done by the wind and water in millions of years.

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Thank Pete T
West Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Takes a while to get to from the visitor center but it is a great location for photos. Well worth the winding drive. There is a pull off to park and take pictures. Just like everything else in Zion, it is really a great place to view.

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Tavares, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

My husband was particularly excited to see checkerboard mesa and I totally get what he was always talking about. What a sight! Definitely pull over to take it in. We pulled over and got out and got some photos next to it...its huge and the photos are awesome!

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Thank katielinnfrank
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Easy to view while driving in from east before tunnel. Plenty of pull off to stop and take pictures.

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Ridgecrest, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Checkerboard Mesa makes for an interesting and quick stop near the East Entrance of Zion National Park. It's definitely worth taking a few minutes here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This mesa is just what it is named-a huge stone mesa that looks like a checkerboard. It is so distinct that you recognize it when you see it. I have never seen anything like it anywhere!

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DeWitt, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

When you enter Zion's east entrance, Checkerboard Mesa (6,670' elevation) is the first named rock feature you will see. There are a couple of pull-outs but the main pull-out has a sign explaining how the checkerboard lines were formed in the rock. I think the east side of the rock mesa has the best lines and in the morning the... More 

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

A beautiful site, one can not imagine how the rock formed in such a checkered fashion. A must see- must go to the East Entrance.

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