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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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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The colours of the rocks, the rock formations and then the tunnel with the hairpin bends were really unexpected and an amazing surprise. On our drive back from Bryce we came across bighorn sheep grazing close to the tunnel.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

The views and drive was good and beautiful. However, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to do this drive. We did this on our way out since we had to go to Grand Canyon.

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St. George, Utah
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Omg! This is the most amazing stretch of highway I have ever had the joy of driving. My wife and I were stunned by the fact that every turn revealed a new vista, resulting in jaw dropping wows. Over and over again!!!!! What an incredible treasure.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Only visited Zion for one day, and luckily I had picked my lodging place so that I was required to drive this route twice, first in the morning to enter the park, and in the evening to return. I should not write required, but rather had the pleasure of driving this route. When entering the park, already a couple of... More

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Stuart, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Day two of our Zion expedition. We picked up this scenic drive 1.5 - 2 miles north of the southern park entrance at the town of Springdale on our way to Bryce Canyon. As soon as we turned east off the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive--BAM--switchbacks, two tunnels, big horn sheep (who own the road--but are very patient as you roll... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We've never driven down into Zion on this road, only climbed out east on the way to other destinations, so we still want to come back and see it the other way. Even so it remains one of our very favourite national park roads in terms of stunning scenery, right up there with Tioga Pass into Yosemite and the road... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Was only in Zion for a day in the beginning of June 2013. My only regret was that I didn't have more time in the park. It was one of my favorite National Parks.This drive is incredible! Truly a Can't Miss! Emerging out of the tunnel into the oasis of the park was beautiful. Winding down the switchbacks was a... More

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Indio, California
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37 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Don't skip this! The drive through the tunnel and out to the eastern side of the park is spectacular! And you are rewarded with a very different experience from the canyon itself. The windswept rock is fascinating, weird and beautiful. Keep an eye out for the big horn sheep that live over here!

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Zion National Park, Utah
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Although I have traveled this stretch of roads many hundreds of times, it's still magical. Whatever you do when you visit Zion National Park, be sure to drive the entire 16 miles of highway on SR-9 as well as take the shuttle on the 6 mile canyon scenic road. It's an experience you won't forget.

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Cleveland, TN
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90 reviews 90 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Great views, good stopping points A great way to see the Park if you have limited time and still come away with great pictures and memories.

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