"See the beauty of each turn of the road" Zion National Park Things to Do Tip by travelgourmet

Zion National Park Things to Do: 286 reviews and 538 photos

  Checkerboard Mesa
by travelgourmet

Zion National Park has many wonders around every turn of the road. You don't have to walk the trails or hike the climbs to see the beauty of Nature that is Zion. Driving the road from the Zion-Mt. Carmel hwy down to the Visitors Center and you will look for turnouts to stop and gaze at the amazing formations of cliffs, mesas, and mountains.

One of the most fascinating features appears on Rock Candy Mountain, known today as the Checkerboard Mesa. It looks as if nature has built a mountain of blocks. Actually, the rock is called slick rock, a mixture of white and varied tints of brown or orange, that over time, lots of time like millions of years, shows the effects caused by erosion. In this case, the crisscross pattern like a checker board. It is truly a geological wonder.

Address: East end of Zion National Park on SR9
Directions: Located off the Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy (SR-9) in the East section of the Park.
Website: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-checkerboard-mesa.htm

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2013
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