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The distinctive waffle patterns on this huge, white mound of sandstone were created by eons of freeze/thaw cycles creating vertical fractures, along with the exposure of horizontal bedding planes by erosion. The crosshatch effect is stunning and well worth stopping at the pull-out for a long gaze.

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  • Address: Zion–Mount Carmel Hwy., 1 mi west of the east entrance Zion National Park, UT 84767 | Map It
  • Location: Zion National Park
Updated: 10-28-2013

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