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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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Syracuse, NY
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

...from an engineering viewpoint and traveling convenience, this could be 5 stars. But, in terms of an attraction it's 2-3 stars. The "window" openings do have some nice views, but there's no stopping. Also when there's buses or Rvs around, traffic is only allowed in one direction.

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vandenberg village, ca
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171 reviews 171 reviews
19 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Hard to imagine how they could built this long tunnel. We were in a coach so only one way traffic was allowed. Several opening during the ride and awesome views.

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Cary, North Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I had read about this tunnel and specifically the windows before our trip and was looking forward to traveling through it. We approached from the east entrance and had already hiked the Canyon Overlook trail. The view from the windows isn't that great. The windows are fairly small (except for one large one) and you can't stop so the view... More

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toronto
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102 reviews 102 reviews
71 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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152 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 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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34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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136 helpful votes 136 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
103 helpful votes 103 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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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