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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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

After a long afternoon of hiking, I took my family up to drive through the tunnel. The drive up to the tunnel is worth it all on it's own. Beautiful rock cliff canyon and great views. The tunnel itself is really neat. It goes on and on. There are a few windows where the side of the tunnel opens up... More

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Wichita, Kansas
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

So interesting to go through this looooong tunnel. If you are at all claustrophobic I wouldn't recommend it though. There are times when it feels like the tunnel will never end and you will never get out. However, for me this was exciting :) Very cool to look out of the peep holes along the drive to make sure there... More

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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is both an exciting and rewarding drive with great views along the way and is a popular route to link Zion and Bryce canyon, both are incredibly beautiful National parks. On the east side of the tunnel there is a Trailhead called the Canyon overlook Trail that you might want to check out, but it is uneven in places... More

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

we (my girlfriend and i , from the uk), have so far taken two r.v. trips in the grand circle, and have taken this drive twice, the first time heading clockwise around the circle and the second time anti clockwise, so we have taken the drive both ways. with a fairly large r.v you are required to stop at the... More

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Charlottetown, Canada
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42 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Its quite impressive that this tunnel was built 80 years ago or more. There is a great hiking trail that starts near the tunnel and it gives great vistas of the canyon and some of the mountains

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Newmarket, Ontario Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We took this out of the canyon two years ago after a couple of days in the campground there. It requires some experience if you are driving a large motor-home and pulling a car. When you get to the tunnel you wait until there are a number of RV's lined up, then a ranger co-coordinating with the other end which... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Zion itself if simply breath-taking but doing this drive takes it a notch higher. The first time I went to Zion, I missed doing this drive but when I recently re-visited, I did this by car and it was like a ride on a rollercoaster not knowing that you will see and feel next. The tunnel was a thrill and... More

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Midway, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

This route is a well worthwhile scenic diversion. I did it twice in one day and look forward to doing it again.

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Fort Worth, TX
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286 reviews 286 reviews
160 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We drove from the lodge out the East side of the park and the drive and tunnel were a blast. Coming from the lodge, just to get to the tunnel is a harrowing drive along a steep switchback road with views from every side with lots of turnoffs for photos. The tunnel itself is about a mile long, very dark... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Completed in the 1930s, the tunnel is over a mile long through a solid wall of rock. There are several windows in the side that let in the only light. The tunnel is narrow; they have to hold traffic at the other end if a trailer or motorhome is going through. The scenery at either end of the tunnel is... More

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