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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.
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nj
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I've driven this 3 times in the last 5 days. I wasn't prepared for the awesomeness and treachery the first time. The drive was dramatic. The scene changed in texture and color, and every now and then, a goat would be visible. Everything was understandably monumental. The mountain tunnel was eerie, like driving to nowhere because it was so dark.... More

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Denton, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We came in from the east entrance of Zion on the Mount Carmel Highway. The scenery starts immediately with Checkerboard Mesa. It was raining pretty heavy the morning we were there. We stopped and took pictures of the Mesa and then went on. This highway takes you across the top of the sandstone mountians that make up Zion. The rock... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The only way into the Zion NP from the east, can be a wait on the tunnel, especially if there is an escorted RV coming the other way. This is less well known than Zion main canyon but the tunnel is an experience by itself and the rocks and views completely different. Visited July 2014

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Even though we were staying at the Lodge, we decided to drive up through the tunnels and explore the eastern part of the park. We are very glad we did. The landscape is completely different - my wife likens it to a Dairy Whip landscape. We saw big horn sheep and we enjoyed the Canyon Overlook Trail. Take the extra... More

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Northern California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Less well known than the canyon, this road is the only route to and from the east. There may be a 5-10 minute wait to enter the one-lane tunnel, but the inconvenience is not great and the tunnel an experience in itself

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Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Keep your eyes on the road, but drink in the grandeur and splendor of the rock formations, colors and skies.

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Austin, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

This drive left me speechless. Came in from the east side of Hwy 89 starting with gorgeous, surreal landscapes, then you go through 1.1 mile tunnel and come out into the top of a stunning canyon area. Just when you think the drive can't get better, something else amazing is right around the corner, including wildlife... saw herd of big... More

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Guilderland, New York
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207 reviews 207 reviews
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This highway at Zion's east entrance has rock formations unlike those in other areas of the park, so it's well worth doing the drive even if you originally came in from another direction. But it can be crowded and slow.

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San Carlos, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I'm usually skeptical when they recommend taking a "drive" through a park since the best way to experience it is to get out of the car, but in this case, the drive is totally worth it. The majestic mountains of Zion rise up on all sides of the highway and the scenery changes with each twist and turn. UNPARALLELED BEAUTY!... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited Zion National Park last summer and entered the park at the East entrance on highway 9 (SR-9) and drove all the way through the park to the south exit. It is hard to keep your eyes on the road. When you visit Zion National Park, also drive on Highway 9 through the park. You do not want to... More

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