Zion National Park - Checkerboard Mesa

Tour Number

Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife, Other


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), French (conversational)

East side of Zion Canyon

Classic tour of Zion National Park focusing on visiting the iconic vistas and pull-outs along the way to Checkerboard Mesa on the east side of Zion National Park. One of our first stops will be at the Human History Museum where we will see the early morning sun as it sweeps down across the Temple of the Sun.

We will visit as many of the classic spots as is possible in a half day tour. A highlight of this tour is Checkerboard Mesa and the fantastic hoodoo rock formations nearby. If we're lucky we'll see and photograph desert bighorn sheep; who are frequently seen on the east side of Zion NP. Depending on individual abilities, we will hike out to Canyon Overlook; which offers a grand vista of Zion Canyon along an easy to moderate trail that is about 2 miles round trip.

There will be many opportunities to stop along the way and shoot awesome pictures of red rock country.


Pickup at your hotel in the greater St. George Utah area. Drive to Springdale Utah (or meet in Springdale Utah). We will travel through the park in a private vehicle and will pass through the Mt Carmel Tunnel.

This tour will stop at up to 4 pull-outs in East Zion - customizable to your interests and abilities.

Possible stops include:
- Museum (best as part of a sunrise tour; Temple of the Sun )
- Canyon Junction (best as part of a sunset tour; sunset on the Watchman)
- Canyon Overlook trail head and trail.
- Checkerboard Mesa
- The "famous" bonsai tree
- Several interesting pull-outs along the way with picturesque vistas; may include desert big horn sheep and Hoodoos ( fantastic pillars of stone).

This tour is also available as a sunrise or sunset tour. The sunrise tour will leave the visitors center around 6:00 am

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: I can pick you up anywhere in the greater St George area. If you're staying in Hurricane or Springdale, we can easily arrange to meet and go from there.

End Point Options: Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours

Tours can last from 4 to 6 hours depending on the number of stops and customer abilities. Tours that include moderate hikes will take longer than tours with little or no hiking. Tour duration may also be impacted by how crowded the park is on the day of your visit.


Transportation to / from the park will be in a late model commercial rental vehicle of an appropriate size.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - per person cost of a park pass.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Entrance to the park is extra. Starting in October 2019, personal park passes cannot be used. Each person is required to purchase a $20 park pass.

Private tour guide Charles

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