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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Selena F
Salt Lake City, UT80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Checkerboard Mesa – wow! Drove by and had to stop. The way the rocks are patterned is like nature showing off. A quick stop for a big dose of natural wonder!
Written 12 April 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
If you enter from or leaving going east toward Bryce Canyon, you will drive this section of the park. Please note this is also the entrance with the fabled Zion NP sign. While it is nothing compared to the beauty of the canyon, it is an interesting section to see. The hill/canyon walls here are the white Navajo Sandstone you see at Capitol Reef. However, he the sandstone is checkered with cracks from uplift and erosion. It truly is an interesting sight to see as you drive in. What made it more special for our group was getting to see Bighorn sheep, including babies on this section of rock. It was one of the most memorable parts of our trip for this wildlife sighting.
Written 11 June 2023
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A. M.
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
You see it but you get closer to see the checkerboard with dots of snow on it. February snow pattern on it was so interesting and unique. Worth the stop and pictures too.
Written 20 February 2023
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TishdeDish
O'Fallon, MO16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Had I not seen the sign, I would not have realized what I was passing. this is located off the main road between the 2 southern gates. Your best view is when traveling east to west
Written 5 October 2022
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marypoppinswannabe
Limerick, PA124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
So unusual! Take time to stop here and take a picture. Not really a place for hiking but we did climb up a few feet to get our picture taken on it for perspective.
Written 16 September 2022
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My son and I stopped to view the Checkerboard Mesa on our visit to Zion National Park. We were driving in on Highway 9 from the east as we came into the park. We pulled off in the parking lot that has a view of the Mesa. It is an interesting mesa with a checkerboard design on the slope. We saw signs that there were mountain goats nearby, but we didn't get to spot any. I was hoping we would. The parking lot was not too crowded when we arrived in the morning, but the park got busier throughout the day.
Written 30 May 2022
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Trisha
Fair Lawn, NJ624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
CHECKERBOARD MESA CANYON -Tourists who drive Route 9 through the Upper East Canyon can stop and view the formation at the Checkerboard Mesa parking lot and viewing area located just down the road from the East Entrance ranger station. We didn’t spend much time here but we were blessed to see a herd of mountain goat socializing among themselves.
The roads were already getting packed with traffic and tourists. After all it is summer!
Written 16 January 2022
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
OK, OK, I get it, those of you saying this is not worth a special trip to see in Zion National Park.

But I disagree.

To get here from the west, you're going to drive the stunning Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (see my review, "Up, up and away"), go through the fascinating Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel (see my review, "A tunnel with a view") and pass some spectacular, and puzzling, rock formations, all of which make the drive to Checkerboard Mesa worthwhile. And if you're entering the park from the east, It's right there. Unavoidable.

The mesa does look somewhat like a checkerboard. The horizontal lines are caused by cross-bedding, a remnant of ancient sand dunes. The vertical lines are formed by temperature contraction and expansion of the sandstone.

The rock formations west of Checkerboard Mesa along Zion-Mount Carmel Highway look like someone stirred the rocks with a mixer. I guessed it was caused by tectonic plates pushing together. Wrong. Water, wind and ice have shaped these rocks over millions of years.
Written 27 October 2021
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bluescpl
Wheeling, WV54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Drove by and thought what a unique view ..the whole area is full of amazing sights a nice drive by with easy access to view and photograph
Written 24 August 2021
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Finkfam6
Taylors, SC41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was a highlight for our kids (ages 10 - 15). After doing the Scout's Lookout hike, we took the scenic route (toward the east) out of the park and stopped here. The kids didn't want to leave, which is saying a lot considering how tired their legs were! Easy climbing, barely anyone there, great Christmas card photo op.
Written 7 June 2021
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