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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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Easy access to this feature of Zion National Park. You can pull over and park in an area specifically for that purpose. No issues with parking. An easy walk just off the road.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Easy access to this feature of Zion National Park. You can pull over and park in an area specifically for that purpose. No issues with parking. An easy walk just off the road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

.........knows how this pattern was formed - the name fits what you see! Worth the "pull over" and see this formation!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you take the Zion scenic drive to Bryce or coming from Bryce to Zion NP you will pass the Checkerboard Mesa and it is worth to stop and take in the beautiful view and even see some wildlife.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So cool to see, right as you are coming into the park! Love looking through pictures of our trip and seeing this!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When approaching Zion NP from the east, Checkerboard Mesa is one of the first things you will see. The mesa is named after the interesting pattern of cracks in its rock surface.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a get out of the car and admire site... there is a designated parking and viewing area for the geological feature ... worth the stop ... If you are coming in from the east, you have not seen anything yet ... take it all in

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Checkerboard Mesa is a pretty cool sight to see as you're driving down the road. There's not much to do there except admire the nice terrain and take pictures. My family and I went to Zion for 2 days. The first day had very nice weather, but suddenly it started snowing the second day. The Checkerboard Mesa looks quite cool... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Checkerboard Mesa sits at Zion's east entrance and is the king of the Park's east mesas. Try to visit either early or late in the day to see its striations in their best light. Desert big horn sheep are often on the rocks nearby the roadway.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

It's pretty cool looking, and an interesting geological feature, but pull off the road, get your pic and you're done:-)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Shortly after you enter Zion from the east you come upon this mesa or plateau. It looks like a checkerboard because of the vertical and horizontal lines in the rock. There is a nearby overlook that enables you to stop and get great photos.

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