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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

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Address: Zion National Park, UT
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Activities: Driving
Description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.

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This a very beautiful drive through some amazing scenery that I highly recommend if you are in the area. The Zion Tunnel is probably the coolest part of this drive, but do not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This a very beautiful drive through some amazing scenery that I highly recommend if you are in the area. The Zion Tunnel is probably the coolest part of this drive, but do not miss the many opportunities to pull off to the side of the road, park the car and go off the beaten path. Well worth it!

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

You can drive Rt.9 on your own in your own car, and it is stunning. Going very early - at sunrise- (or potentially very late) is better because traffic can be considerable during the day. There is a lot to see, even by car. There are a few turnoffs to take photos dotted along the ride, and I recommend taking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The drive was so interesting! I made a stop in some area where the mountain looked like an inclined petrified beach, with some trees on the edge and tiny little bushes hiking up. The view was so spectacular!!!! Definitely loved it !!!!

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We were a bit concerned about how windy the road was because some in our group get motion sickness. But road was not so bad, some big switchbacks, but mostly just take it slow. I found most other drivers were going slow to take in views and stop along the way. There are many pull outs, places to stop and... More 

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Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Sedimentology paradise. Take some time, stop the car, and look around for interesting details which are witneses of the long ago past. I could spend the whole day there, wandering around and taking pictures from every corner.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

When you are ready to depart the park, I'll suggest you take the Zion- Mount Carmel Highway road that climbs out to the East. Hope you don't end up behind an RV or it will be a slow drive however, the scenery is spectacular! It is not for the faint of heart as the road has many switchbacks and climbs... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This road is such a nice drive. Go slower and enjoy the views. If you're driving an RV make sure you check on the vehicle restrictions as not all RV's are allowed to travel this road and there is a fee to be escorted through the tunnel.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

We made a spontaneous stop at Zion thinking it would be like Bryce and Arches where you can drive through the park and stop where you want. Disappointing to discover that you have to take the shuttle bus to see the canyon. Since this was an unplanned stop we didn't have time to take the shuttle but still enjoyed the... More 

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Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My family usually drives through the tunnels as we leave Zion and head to Bryce Canyon. Even if we don't drive on to Bryce Canyon, we like to drive through the tunnels and on this highway a little ways to enjoy the view and explore a quiet area of the park. Sometimes you can see Mountain Bighorn Sheep walking on... More 

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Reston, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Be sure you take this road through the two tunnels! The first is an engineering wonder! The cut-outs along the way give gorgeous glimpses of the canyon walls. Really beautiful. Then if you park at the first or 2nd turnout after the 2nd tunnel, you can walk along the wash & possibly see some Bighorn sheep. An unforgettable sight. We... More 

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