Wild and Wonderful.
One of Zion’s big canyons, Checkerboard has a wonderful wild character not found in the more well-known canyons. Hopefully, the long approach and even longer exit will help maintain this character. Checkerboard is one of the few Zion canyons featuring slides. And while it has a lot of sports action on the order of Imlay, the canyon terrain is varied and includes sections of easy walking in beautiful slanted hallways. Expect a big day!
The canyon is dominated by short rappels, slides and downclimbs. It is usually not wet until the end. Make sure your rope is long enough for the dramatic last rap – and maybe best to set up a contingency anchor there, just in case. The landing at the bottom varies substantially in height.
|WGS84 UTM 12S Waypoints|
|Parking Spot Dakota Ridge:||335210mE||4135620mN|
|End of Dakota Ridge:||329745mE||4136290mN|
|Ridge above first Rap:||328560mE||4135385mN|