Note: As you read this, Peggy and I are in Amsterdam at the beginning of a Rhine River cruise between Amsterdam and Basel. I’ve been scheduling posts ahead of time so I can maintain a more regular presence on WordPress than I have been able to for the past several months. My goal for now is once a week on Fridays. At this rate, I already have enough material on the Southwest national parks we visited in April and May to keep going for three months. LOL. I may never catch up.
Rudyard Kipling said it:” East is East and West Is West, and never the twain shall meet.” That’s not true of Zion National Park, of course, but the eastern section of the Park will provide you with a significantly different experience than you have down in the Canyon or the western sections of Zion. Checkerboard Mesa shown above is the primary example. We can thank ancient sand dunes laid down in an early-Jurassic-era, Sahara-size desert that covered significant portions of what is now Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado 190 million years ago. The horizontal lines are caused by what is known as cross-bedding of the dunes. The vertical lines are caused by breaks in the cross bedding caused by freezing and thawing. It was thought that the results resembled a checker board, thus the name. Peggy and I found the mesa a fun subject for photography.
If you have been in Zion and either entered or left by the east entrance/exit, you know there is much more to East Zion National Park than Checkerboard Mesa. One thing that fascinated Peggy was the alcoves that may eventually lead to towering arches such as those found in Arches National Park.
While Peggy was busy photographing wannabe arches, I was concentrating on other landmarks of East Zion National Park.
11 thoughts on “A Checkerboard Mesa and More Landmarks of East Zion National Park”
I enjoyed this look at East Zion and the Checkerboard Mesa, Curt. Your narrative was interesting and informative; and the photos were great, both you and Peggy did a great job capturing the rock formations. Have fun in Amsterdam!
Nice to hear that your travels have been successful so far! Enjoy the Rhine cruise. Your images are so wonderful – particularly the combination of green and red. And I do love all the fascinating rock formations. After your recent posts on petroglyphs, I was eyeing the Zion rocks for good places to put my mark, haha. Hugs to you both. ❤
When I looked at the Checkerboard Mesa, the first thing that came to mind was checked wood. It’s such an interesting place, and one I’d not heard of. My favorite photo was Peggy’s side view: a little more abstract than the others, but immensely attractive. ‘Massive’ is a good word to use about this place, that’s for sure. It’s good to hear you’re ready to begin the river cruise — and that you got there without any of the disruptions that are roiling the airline industry just now. Enjoy!
Beautiful Curt. Enjoy the cruise on the gorgeous Rhine.
Checkerboard Mesa looks beautifully intriguing. I am thrilled to see a fresh perspective via your pictures.
Have a great time at Rhine river cruise.
Fabulous pictures you and Peggy took Curt and such a fun lesson in Checkerboard mountains. I always wondered about how they got like this. Happy to hear you are scheduling posts and will get to hear updates more frequently and how cool to do them on Fun Fri-Yays!!!
HAVE THE BEST TIME!!!💖💖
These formations are spectacular! The patterns are amazing and the photographs convey a strong feeling for the movement of water and time.
Hope you are enjoying your cruise. Looking forward to hear about it.
Sometimes I think nature throws its own sort of puzzles at us, just as a challenge – how did that happen? And if it looks cool, all the better.
The exposed geology in that area is so impressive and fascinating. We often remarked, “I wonder how that formed?” Great photos and explanations, Curt. “Wanabe arches” cracked me up. Enjoy your cruise.
Have a great time on the cruise. I’m so jealous!
Oh and Zion looks interesting.