One of my favourite sections of Zion National Park was the first part I saw: Checkerboard Mesa.
It has layers upon layers of slickrock as seen in the foreground of this image I made of a lone pine tree growing mysteriously out of the rock. The Mesa is the great mountain in the background with criss-cross lines like a checkerboard.
Most people don’t enter the park from the east side. It is well worth the trip not only to see the 1.1 mile-long Zion – Mt. Carmel tunnel, an engineering feat that took 3 years to build, but also to see the Checkerboard Mesa on the other side.
If you drive an oversize vehicle they charge you $15 for an escort through the tunnel while closing it to other traffic. Of course we didn’t venture to tow our fifth wheel up there. I don’t think we would have had any brakes left coming down the curvy hills to the valley if we tried. But we were lucky that our Big Baby Blue was one inch smaller than the maximum width so we did not require an escort to go through with the truck alone.