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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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Just one of the amazing sites in Zion

Driving through Zion you see many outstanding sites. This was one of them. Look closely and you may see mountain goats.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
mstieglitz
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Yardley, Pennsylvania

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving through Zion you see many outstanding sites. This was one of them. Look closely and you may see mountain goats.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice example. You can see many on trails and up close but this is as easy as just pulling off the road don't have to dismount vehicles

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A few miles after the tunnel - ok for a 2 min stop but not really that interesting compared to other things in Zion

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We were so amazed at the Checkerboard Mesa that, even on a cold and rainy day, we had to stop and stare. It's hard to believe your eyes, this is such an amazing sight. We would have liked to get out of the car and get a little closer, but the weather wouldn't allow it. So we'll definitely be back!

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

One of the most well-known attractions along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is the Checkerboard Mesa. The majestic criss-crossed mountain appeared as a massive hill towering 900 feet (274 meters) above the highway and resembles a giant, extended chess or checkerboard. The vertical and horizontal fissures are more evident on the north side of the mesa. The left to right deep... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 25 November 2016

.........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 24 November 2016

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 19 November 2016

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 November 2016

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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