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If you're a Geology buff, or you just like looking at pretty rocks, be sure to stop at Checkerboard Mesa. Located just off of Hwy. 9, you can see this mesa (and its namesake criss-cross erosional patterns that create a "checkerboard" pattern) from the comfort of your car. If, however, you're interested in exploring a little further, you can venture from the East Rim Station parking area to the top of this geologic oddity.

Checkerboard Mesa is an example of two weathering processes happening at once. One is controlled by stratigraphy and the other by climate. The "checkerboard" results from the roughly perpendicular sets of grooves that have been carved into the Navajo Sandstone. If you're interested in learning more about the Checkerboard Mesa's unique geology, take a look at #5 on this document.

Short Walk: Either seen from the road or from above (via a short hike to the mesa's summit). Regardless, this is very easy to get to.

Family Friendly: Visible right off of Hwy. 9, kids can get up close and personal with some of the coolest geology Zion has to offer, and it's just inside the Park!

Gem Type: Geologic Feature

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Tom Robson

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Jul 30, 2022
Karen Rodmar
One of the best views … stunning !!
May 24, 2022
Merritt Stanton
Closeup view of this checkerboard mountain! Nice!!
May 24, 2022
Sydnei Howard
Hiked about 2 miles and turned around
Apr 28, 2022
Greg N
Mar 29, 2022
Krista Newcomb
We stopped and took in the beautiful view.
Mar 4, 2022
Aaron Fagerwick
Nov 23, 2021
Bekah Kiser
Hiked this 2 weeks ago! I've never been to Utah, what a beautiful park. I can't wait to go back and stay longer!
Oct 26, 2021
Jacqueline Cohen

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