Checkerboard Mesa
Checkerboard Mesa
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Mesa country that is laid out in a checkerboard pattern and is a photographer's delight.
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Checkerboard Mesa is an interesting geological formation, essentially a mountain with an almost perfect checkerboard pattern on it. This is a worthwhile photo stop along the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. This highway is one big concatenation of unique photo stops anyway with increasing density as you approach Zion, especially after the tunnel (coming from Bryce or Carmel).

From the Checkerboard Mesa photo stop you can also get a pretty good look at the East Temple (a mesa on top of a mesa - see photos).
Written 19 December 2019
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Goatesians
Loveland, CO567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2013 • Friends
These Mesas are one of my favorite landforms in Zion National Park. They are not the most majestic or mammoth, but I think they are the most interesting. The cracking in the rocks is caused by the slowly changing pressures as each layer is buried and exhumed. The colors, when viewed with the other pinks and the green trees are unforgettable. Eventually these Mesas will be nothing but a pile of white sand, so don't delay many thousands of years before you see them.

To locate these Mesas, you merely have to pay attention and they will be one of the first things you see when you enter the Park driving from the East on Mt. Caramel Highway. Pull offs are plentiful for picture ops. Enjoy.
Written 1 July 2013
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RobynH888
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Incredible to think it is a giant "petrified" sand dune. So hard to take in the eons which has past to create the current landscape and how different it was. Zion National Park is a must do, beautiful scenery, great walks even for those of us not so fit.
Written 29 September 2017
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Located near the east entrance to Zion National Park. Pretty interesting natural feature and worth a stop if you are passing by on the Zion-Mt Carmel Hwy but not something to make a special trip to see when at Zion. Many other spectacular sights to see.
Written 10 March 2021
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA940 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
OK, drive by, see the site. Not as unusual as the rest of Zion. I would not make a special point to drive by this spot. If you are exeting on the east entrance, stop for a picture and drive on.
Written 6 January 2020
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JOSEPH M
Tiffin, OH233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Understanding the effects of layers of sedimentation over centuries and the vertical lines caused by rain, snow, and erosion to cause the checkerboard effect.
Written 18 September 2019
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Stay712594
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
Pretty cool rock formation, on the way out of the park. Certainly worth it to pull over and take a few photos.
Written 7 August 2019
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MMM2001
San Jose, California583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
This rock formation is located near the east entrance to Zion National Park and can also be viewed if you do the scenic drive through the tunnel. It’s a unique formation in the park and worth a short stop for photos. There’s a convenient parking lot available for photos.
Written 25 July 2019
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buffybabs
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Friends
This is different from the other cliffs and mountains in the area. Can see it only from the highway, not on the shuttle but to see this and experience the tunnel is worth your time.
Written 10 July 2019
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lovetravelChicago
Chicago, IL135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
This is an incredible geological experience. Well worth the stop to view and photograph. We drove through the park several times and it looked different in different light.
Written 11 September 2017
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