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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  • September 25, 2017
    In the tunnel the rv have restricted the passage. It is on Route 9, but which goes from zion to bryce. Works well, one pays the entrance to the Park in the cabin and there sold you the pass of 15 dollars. They are 2 tunnels one moves so nomas, for the other RVS you stop cars not, they slow down traffic on the other side and there you enabled to pass. We are lucky that there was nobody ahead, were those who stopped everything, hope 3minutos, when step the last went through the Middle route, will be 2 / 3km is out and ready. Since bryce first tunnel is passed with nothing the second charge, from zion to the reverse. If you want to see the Canyon or zion look, eye that is after the tunnel if it goes from zion and before coming from bryce.
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  • September 23, 2017
    If you like waiting for an hour to pass thru the tunnel one way because it's so outdated it can't accommodate big motor homes or similar, then good for you. Personally I would rather spend that time i...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    If you come in via Route 9, the eastern entrance, you will go through this tunnel. The real reason to do this to enjoy the views on the Zion-Mount Carmel road, which takes you to the main road through...  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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