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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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Northern California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW 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
97 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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162 reviews 162 reviews
93 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
64 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We decided to drive west along the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway from the East Entrance to Canyon Junction and south to the Visitors Centre on our way to Las Vegas. Five years ago we did this drive in a tourist coach so this time we drove ourselves through Zion in the opposite direction. What a fabulous landscape unfolded before our eyes.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a classic drive and one well worth the time. Just do it! Take your time, get the camera ready and go for a drive on your way to Bryce. It's fun for everyone.

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wilds of New Jersey
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54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The drive through the eastern side of the park, including the awesome stretch of tunnel, is not to be missed. Be prepared to stop -- at the small parking area just outside the tunnel -- to take the Canyon View trail hike. Our only disappointment: there were no bighorn sheep on view, although we were assured that they had been... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The road in from the east entry of Zion is incredibly beautiful, with awesome rock formations, occasional wildlife, and an engineering marvel (1.1 mile tunnel built in 1930). After passing through the tunnel, you go down switchbacks into the canyon, with gorgeous views all around. Truly a special place.

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