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Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A spectacular entry into Zion National Park that consists of a 1.1-mile long tunnel and a highway that slowly winds down from a high plateau.
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toronto
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95 reviews 95 reviews
65 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The tunnel is an engineering masterpiece. We went through from East to West, on our way from Bryce, after stopping off along the way at Checkerboard Mesa and the Canyon Overlook trail. It was late afternoon on a mid August day when the weather turned from pouring buckets of rain to clearing at about five p.m, and we went through... More

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Tucson
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257 reviews 257 reviews
149 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

When buses or big vehicles of any kind pass through the 1-mile long tunnel, traffic coming in the opposite direction is stopped by a park ranger until the vehicle passes through. This can (and does) back up traffic as the day progresses. Tour bus companies flock to Zion National Park all day long. Our personal guide (Jason of Southwest Adventure... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The tunnel itself is just that, a tunnel. It's a great convenience and interesting in that it is not lit, but it's still a tunnel. What is interesting is that when you drive through it out of Zion park, you come out the other side into a very different and eerie landscape. You would obviously have the same experience driving... More

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Colorado Springs
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144 reviews 144 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Tunnel that is 5613 feet long through the Great Arch "follows the profile of the Pine Creek Canyon wall at a consistent distance of 21 feet from the outside face of the rock to the centerline of the tunnel. . .The tunnel uses galleries (giant windows!) to provide light and ventilation through the canyon wall to the outside air. .... More

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Guilderland, New York
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97 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was a major engineering endeavor, and people talk about the view from the windows as you drive through. However, you really have to focus on the driving and the windows go fast. So ultimately the tunnel is just a way to get from one side of the mountain to the other.

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San Carlos, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you're driving through the park, you can't miss this amazing tunnel. They blasted through the mountain and put in this incredibly L-O-N-G stretch of concrete to the other side. It was created decades ago when cars were much smaller and can feel a little claustrophobic with its low ceilings and pitch black darkness punctuated sporadically by patches of natural... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well, everyone should drive this when in Zion National Park. There was quite a bit of a wait, as there were many others in "line" to drive through, but the kids LOVED it, and it was fun. In the tunnel it's almost pitch black, except that there are patches of light shining in from the WINDOWS that have been dug... More

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Winston-Salem,NC
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208 reviews 208 reviews
55 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Amazing ride through an area that renews your soul = this Park is awesome- one of the few that you look UP to the Canyons rather than gazing down at them...

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Vancouver
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146 reviews 146 reviews
89 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is the best entrance to a park I've ever run across. The drive into Zion is windy and the tunnel was lots of fun. I missed out on the views driving in at night, but the bonus was there was no traffic in the tunnel, good times!!!

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Seattle
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We visited Zion national park in April with two young kids (3,and 5). We really wanted to hike there, but mist of the more popular hikes were to hard/gangrenous for our little ones. Eventually we decided to do the Emerald Pools trail, and it was a great decision. There are three pools. The trail to the lower pool is 6... More

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