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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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Very scenic stop

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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376 reviews 376 reviews
57 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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332 reviews 332 reviews
187 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Checkerboard Mesa is one of the most recognizable and photogenic landmarks in Zion National Park with its distinctive cross-hatching patterns on a cone-shaped White Cliffs formation, You can drive Route 9 through the Upper East Canyon can stop and view the formation at the parking lot just down the road from the East Entrance ranger station.

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Bridgewater, Canada
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292 reviews 292 reviews
146 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I agree with others that this is more a quick stop photo op than a must see destination. Interesting layers and vertical grooves in the mountainside giving it a unique checkerboard appearance from the right angle. Again, if you're coming from the east entrance, worth a quick stop, but I don't think I would drive a significant distance to view... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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375 reviews 375 reviews
227 attraction reviews
432 helpful votes 432 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I was a bit puzzled to find this attraction listed here, so actually stopped on my way to check it out. So here is what I learned from the sign. Apparently, a lot of mountains in this area have layered structure but the layers are mostly horizontal or form some angle. In both cases they end up producing parallel stripes... More 

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Illinois
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36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We appreciate the geological significance of the Checkerboard Mesa, but as other reviews have stated it is one of the sights of Zion that one does not need to go out of their way to drive to. If you're going to be passing by, then by all means stop at the pullover and check it out and the intriguing patterns... More 

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Orlando, FL
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133 reviews 133 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We stopped to see Checkerboard Mesa as we were leaving Zion National Park on Route 9 en route to Bryce National Park. The Mesa is quite interesting geologically and if you are driving that way, there is a small pullout to stop and have a quick look and take a photo but I'd have been disappointed to have driven 14... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Zion National Park is about the experiencing nature at its best. The Checkerboard Mesa is a stop along the road in the park. The formations in Zion are monumental, and Checkerboard Mesa is unique as we see the "jointing" created by the millions of years of geological changes. The results of the weathering, geological changes, water, etc. are these groves... More 

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Austin, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Checkerboard Mesa and this whole area is stunning in a very different way from the main canyon, but equally amazing in my book. It's like a lunar landscape among the red rocks and grandeur of other areas. The patterns in rock reveal so much of how this area formed and are just fascinating.

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