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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

Address: Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Drove up this highway on our way out of the park. Somewhat annoying that you have to wait right before the tunnels, as they only allow traffic in one direction at a time. But it is a very interesting highway with great views even after you exit the tunnels. You should definitely drive it either on your way in or... More 

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Bridgewater, Canada
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Travelled through in Dec-Jan on the way to Zion Park. Very scenic with tons of wildlife near dusk. We nearly hit several deer as they scurried across the road as well as a group/flock of what appeared to be pheasants at one point as well. No issues during the day, but keep your eyes peeled at dusk and night time!... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We drove this scenic highway SR9 to and fro Zion NP. It was a twist and turns drive but very scenic and the first view of Checkerboard Mesa totally awesome. The view coming down to Zion Entrance was equally impressive. We even stopped to at one unmarked trial and did some walking and climbing on the plateau and enjoyed the... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

THE ZION-MOUNT CARMEL HIGHWAY The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (Utah Route 9) is a 24 mile, highly scenic road beginning at the junction of Utah 89 and Utah Route 9 at Mount Carmel junction. The road is well maintained and is a total joy to drive. It is also the eastern feed road leading to the eastern entrance of Zion National... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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51 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a great road, winding among the red rocks with different vistas around each sharp corner. Then you disappear into a one lane tunnel with windows cut into the rock giving a close up view of the canyon walls. Really amazing. Not crowded in December. Expect it would be a mess in the summer. This road is not recommended... More 

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Great Falls, MT
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28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was our first visit to Zion National park. We spent 2 days here. On arriving to the park we took this drive to get an overview of what to expect. Some really nice view along the way. Tunnel was really cool, but you couldn't stop there.

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Cupertino
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The change in vegetation, land formations and the fresh snow was just incredible. We were lucky to get some snow showers overnight on Christmas day and the entire park was so beautiful. The snowfall was not too much to close any trails, so was just perfect.

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Twist, turns, ups, downs, tunnels and all the scenery you can absorb. Take it slow and make stops. If you get behind an RV, or someone crowds your bumper, pull over and take pictures. Head east in the afternoon or west in the morning for best light.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

After we did the Scenic Drive and a hike at the end, which were beautiful, we headed out on this "highway" (actually a two-lane road) and were even more impressed. Great views from the switchback road before the tunnel, then east of the tunnel striped red and white calico-patterned rocks with deer bounding along. Wish we had allowed more time... More 

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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

May family and I spent three weeks driving from PA through NM, AZ, as far west as Las Vegas, before heading back. We drove this route to get to Page, AZ for a raft trip. Almost everything we did was researched, planned, and accounted for. I did no research on Utah, and almost ignored this area, except that we'd have... More 

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