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. With our custom trip planner, Zion National Park attractions like Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We exited Zion via this route on our way to Bryce. Wow! We came from the canyon floor, going up in elevation through steep roads and hairpin turns. We stopped at a few points along the road to look ou...  more »
  • We had to pass this way to get from Bryce to Zion and we are glad we did - it was a beautiful ride complete with an awesome tunnel, super great views and a well paved road with many hairpin curves and...  more »
  • If you leave Zion National Park & go east you will encounter the best scenery & the hardest driving first. There are several sharp turns in the road that are best driven in your lower gears. There are...  more »

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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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