Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, Zion National Park

4.9
#3 of 22 in Scenic Drive in Utah
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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  • August 6, 2017
    We drove in before 8 in the morning and out around 5. The traffic was not bad either times. They camcorder was running all the way. Loved the drive.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Very scenic route through Zion national park. We went twice. One time at 5pm, and the other time at 10am. Big difference. Avoid the crowds to really enjoy the highway. Tunnel is one lane when RV or bu...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    A great scenic drive into Zion National Park. Keep an eye out for the beautiful rock formations and the big horn sheep that climb the rocks or are by the roadside.  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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