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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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Spectacular views

Pretty much entering into the scenic zion park.....Spectacular!!!...Sceneries were awesome....Photography area for sure!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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Canada
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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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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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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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