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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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Port Charlotte, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The scenery was spectacular. My girl friend spotted a half dozen Bighorn Sheep on a cliff...WAY COOL. On the way back more of the sheep near the road.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

this is an awesome drive. the scenery is so dramatic that, u will end up stopping much more than you think, to take pictures. the zion mountains, checkerboard mesa, then some unknown dramatic scenes make up the drive.. wish I had more time.

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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Although this road can be a little worrisome, it is a highlight on the way to Bryce Canyon and the North Rim. There are places to stop and explore or take pictures. I look forward to this drive every time we go to Bryce from Zion.

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Savannah, Georgia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
40 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We drove this road earlier this week, and my only regret was that I didn't have someone else drive so I could fully take in the spectacular views. However, there are several scenic "turn-outs" that allowed us to get out and enjoy the views.

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Orlando, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

During my many years as a tour director, I have been to Zion National Park 60 (sixty) plus times. Each time, we came in on the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway coming in from the Mt. Carmel side after visiting Bryce. Each time has been spectacular. The tunnel is an engineering feat in itself, as it was built in the 1920s.... More

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nj
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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