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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, Zion National Park

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offers a scenic driving experience and the opportunity to go through an architectural masterpiece of a tunnel. You'll wind your way through the red rocks along the 40 km (25 mi) long highway, which curves through canyons and cliffs frequently scaled by bighorn sheep. One of the road's most notable features is the 1,711 m (5,613 ft) long, rock-faced tunnel.When it was built in the late 1920s, the tunnel was one of the longest in the United States. You have to pay admission into Zion National Park to drive the road, and an additional fee is required to pass through the tunnel for oversized vehicles. To prevent accidents, park rangers convert traffic to a one-way direction inside the tunnel, allowing large vehicles to pass safely. Plan your visit to Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Zion National Park tour planner.
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Where to stay in Zion National Park

If you want to stay inside Zion National Park, you can choose from three campgrounds or the Zion Lodge, which includes motel rooms, cabins, suites, and a restaurant. Two of the campgrounds sit near the south entrance, while the third lies more isolated about a one-hour drive from Zion Canyon along the Kolob Terrace Road. The gateway town of Springdale just south of the park has a wide range of accommodations. Choose from cozy inns and bed and breakfasts, rustic riverside lodges, and clean and simple motels. If everything's full here, try the nearby towns of Virgin and Hurricane.
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  • I've never been on a stretch of road quite like it. From the park entrance to the visitor center, there's one unique natural wonder after another. The drive down the canyon right after the tunnel is a...  more »
  • If you have a car, drive over. The scenery is beautiful and totally worth the drive! The morning seems the best time to head that way, as the afternoons are busy with people coming to town, and the tu...  more »
  • This is not a drive that just gets you from here to there. This is a drive where you'll want to stop frequently and explore the magnificent scenery. When you're planning your trip, be sure to allow ti...  more »