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Checkerboard Mesa

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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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More a cone than a board

This unique geologic formation is easily viewed and photographed from the Carmel Highway above the tunnel. A signature icon of Zion

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mike K
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This unique geologic formation is easily viewed and photographed from the Carmel Highway above the tunnel. A signature icon of Zion

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Thank Mike K
Dunnellon, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

the side is truly a checkboard! photos come out so beautiful! we wanted to picnic right there! make sure you take the drive to see.

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Thank Terrifurniss
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming in from east don't miss. We thought there would be more and more, but when you get to tunnel you've really missed it. Stop, look, enjoy.

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Thank intelligentgirls
Monterey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove by as we arrived to the Zion area and had no idea what we were about to see. It is magnificent. ( the whole Zion park is breath taking though...) It makes a great photo, when you get there before midday as the sun is giving an amazing cavalcade of colours.

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Thank Renata N
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a crazy rock formation not far after you come into the east entrance of the park. It looks like a checker board wrapped around a cone.

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Thank Antoine S
Houston, Texas
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265 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cannot miss it. It is a checkerboard. Very impressive. It is the very first rock formation the draws our attention when we entered the park via Zion-Mt Carmel Hwy.

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Henley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is viewed on the way out of the park whilst driving along the scenic highway. It is towards the end of the scenic highway just before you exit the park. You will see it before the car park and the car park and viewing point are well signposted. White Rock/Mesa within unusual cross cross pattern on it.

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Thank Milnthorp
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admit, we didn't stop and hike in and around Checkerboard Mesa, but we did drive by it multiple times, as we were staying east of ZNP. What a wondrous area -- the entire ten (?) mile stretch of road passes through such unreal rock formations and canyons. You could do worse than to just park and hike around for... More 

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Thank jbagley77
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is located a little outside from the Zion park it is easily accessible I an get down from your vehicle and get pictures of it

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Houston, Texas
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621 reviews
283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

On the east side of the Mt. Carmel Tunnel, you will be traveling through the Checkerboard Mesa. Plenty of great scenery. Take a few stops along the way.

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