Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, Zion National Park

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Designed to link a few of the country's most famous national parks, Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel still serves today as a convenient shortcut through otherwise-solid rock. Finished in 1930, the 1.7 km (1.1 mi) tunnel provides you with access to the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon directly from Zion National Park. Drive through the tunnel and you'll emerge on the other side from a solid rock face, chiseled out of the mountain itself. Keep in mind that larger vehicles must give prior notice to the tunnel operators, as they can only run through the tunnel at certain organized times. Using our world travel planner, Zion National Park attractions like Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You, pass the tunnel if you the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway from East entrance of the National Park from the direction of Bryce Canyon / page in the direction of Springdale along drives. The tunnel, with its openings and narrow is quite nice, the other line but clearly nicer. Before the tunnel it accumulates, because it can be navigated with oncoming traffic.
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  • This tunnel is about 3 miles in from the Visitor center and has an unexpected feature. There are arch shaped giant windows carved in the walls of the tunnel from the inside to the shear rock face of t...  more »
  • The tunnel feels longer than its 1.1 miles. One way traffic control was applied when we passed it. Ques are to be expected, and the feeling inside the tunnel is somewhat claustrophobic. Apart from tha...  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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