“Checkerboard Mesa”



Here is some interesting information from the Zion National Park website:  “Entering Zion National Park from the east entrance immediately reveals a colorful display of orange, brown and white slickrock that includes one of the parks landmarks, Checkerboard Mesa. 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 left to right deep scratches are due to a north to south wind direction while the vertical cracks are a result of weathering, a cycle of freezing and thawing.”



  1. I’ve never seen these patchwork rocks before, among the 1,000s of photos of the arches. All of these are striking to the eye, and amaze me as to the Universe’s paintbrush abilities.

    • Yes, I was amazed and in awe of nature’s magnificence.

  2. Thanks for sharing your latest work. Your composition is superb as always!
    I am partial to the combination of the checkerboard above the red sandstone with the shrubs in between. Perfect!

    • Your feedback is very meaningful and helpful to me as a photographer. Thanks, Lowell.

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