Time for some great hike! The checkerboard Mesa is interestingly a colourful display of orange, brown and white slickrock that looks absolutely stunning. The majestic criss-crossed mountain appears as a massive hill towering 900 feet above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and resembles a giant, extended chess or checkerboard. The horizontal and vertical cracks along the walls of this butte create a checkerboard-like pattern, a feature that gives this place its name. This point can be climbed via at least one scrambling/bushwhacking route and as you reach the top of the summit plateau, you will find very few signs of previous human presence, making you feel like being present in a surreal world.
Entrance Ticket Details For Checkerboard Mesa
- You need to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering Zion National Park.
- Private Vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less): $30. Valid for 7 days.
- Motorcycle: $25. Valid for 7 days.
- Per Person: $15. Valid for 7 days.
- Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
How to Reach Checkerboard Mesa
- On Foot
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12.98% of people who visit Zion National Park include Checkerboard Mesa in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
28% of people start their Checkerboard Mesa visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Checkerboard Mesa
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Checkerboard Mesa
Checkerboard Mesa Reviews & Ratings
Coming from Hawaii we have nothing like this. Incredible rock formations. Well worth the $35 fee and the time.
What a start to the park when you come in from the east. Interesting features.
Great views but way too busy. There is not nearly enough parking. They ought to run another shuttle line this way so that people don't have to drive to see it. The Mesa itself is definitely worth seeing.
One of my favorite places in the park, and it is right off the road. I always recommend coming to Zion from the East Entrance Ranger Station, because you get a much more exciting entrance to the National Park. You pass the station and then see Checkerboard Mesa, you slowly get introduced to the park before going to the tunnel and then descending to Zion canyon.
Nice place desert bighorn near by also spots for exploring