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Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A spectacular entry into Zion National Park that consists of a 1.1-mile long tunnel and a highway...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner 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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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The tunnel isn't a big attraction, but mainly the only way to get to/from the eastern part of Zion & also the easiest way to/from Bryce Canyon. Considering the time when this was built it really is a marvel of engineering, even if it's size is inconvenient to those driving gigantic RVs nowadays.

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Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We witnessed a traffic stop in the westerly direction caused by what appeared to be a smallish sized camper (but with mirrors that jutted out) coming east. This could be an inconvenience to put it mildly if this happens frequently! If you're not in a hurry .... you just have more time to oggle the surrounding rock formations!

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CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had to drive through the tunnel while we were in the area and even though we were only driving through and then turning back to come back to the park we enjoyed the views and the changes in the landscape after you come through the other side. We had to stop and wait for motorhomes to come through but... More 

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Wading River, New York
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The tunnel is very dark, and there is no two-way traffic. A certain amount of cars are let in each way at different times.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I've never been in a tunnel that was this long and dark. The quick glances you get through the windows was breathtaking. Also like other reviewers have said the landscape on both sides is so different. We saw probably 6 big horn sheep on the other side of the tunnel so keep your eyes open for them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

You should try to go through the tunnel either on the way into or out of the park. There can be delays, so I wouldn't want to get stuck doing it every day of my trip. The views just before and after the tunnel are awesome. There are openings as you pass through that provide amazing, but brief glimpses of... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We were there early Thurs afternoon. Had to wait about 10 minutes to enter the tunnel while campers went through. The tunnel was cool and had a few windows on the side going into Zion.

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Hudson,NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Wow, this was exciting and scary. I thought all these things like, what if it caves in, etc... It took a very long and tedious time to drill a tunnel in the Canyon. Wouldn't have gotten to see what we did had they not drilled the tunnel

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The tunnel is the only way to get from the main canyon to upper Zion. The 'windows' in the tunnel are an unusual feature - a pity you can't stop to take pictures. If larger vehicles are coming through you might have to wait a while as they need to drive down the middle of the tunnel. The landscape is... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I had been through this tunnel years ago in a rented car, but it's a whole 'nuther thing in a 32' Motor-home. We waited a few minutes for the tunnel to clear, received our instructions to "drive right down the center line" and we were off! It truly appears to have been chiseled out by hand and it's a little... More 

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