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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A mile-long tunnel that leads from Upper Zion to the Zion Canyon shuttle. No lights but a marvel in engineering. There are a couple places where windows were blown out of the walls to shed some light. There is no fee for a car. For motorhomes, trailers, large trucks there is a fee because they have to block the tunnel... More

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We drove thru this tunnel three times and it really made us talk and think about the workers that built it. I hate heights but this didn't bother me. I was a passenger most of the time but a driver once. It is antiquated but we really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We took my wife's parents from Bryce to their first visit to Zion, you have to go through the tunnel. We were in a RV and it costs about $15, free for cars. My parents in law got excited driving to the tunnel, whilst driving through the few windows out to Zion teased them. The exit of the tunnel to... More

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New York
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Built by the CCC, this tunnel is an incredible feature of the park. To think of how difficult it must have been to build this in the 1930's, you really appreciate the achievement and foresight involved. A must-see.

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