Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway
Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway
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ELKW
United States11,824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
if you have time, this scenic drive is worth to take a look, you drive from the canyon junction to the east, when you pass through the Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel (1.1 miles), you reach the trail head of Canyon overlook trail, you may hike the trail if you have time, otherwise, you can continue to drive the scenic drive to the East end. I also hiked the trail, but you have to find a spot to park your car before you can go hiking. For this scenic drive, I think the part beyond the trailhead is more attractive, (there is one more tunnel you need to pass through), you can see there are "wave" patterns on the orange rock, also has some white rock, I think the scenery here is more beautiful than those along the "zion canyon scenic drive", as those mountains/rocks along the "zion canyon scenic drive" are more dark, but the rocks here are bright in color, e.g. light orange, white, the pictures taken here is more beautiful especially in a sunny day.
Written May 2, 2020
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Noah S
Soldotna, AK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
As our Zion trip ended we chose to take this byway to see different scenery as we headed out. The different coloring and shapes of the rocks were amazing and provided complimentary views to what is seen within the park. There were several other trails that branched off, including the overlook trail, that are well worth the time to hike. We extended our route by heading over State Hwy 14 to Cedar City. I would have skipped that route if I had to do it again, it climbs to 9910 feet elevation and doesn't add much to the visual scene, except for lots of snow when we went in March.
Written March 29, 2021
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Inspired to Travel
74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We drove over the Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy several times during our visit. Our favorite drive time was early morning to catch the sunrise that was spectacular over the mountains. The kids really enjoyed the tunnel as well.

It is a bit curvy so if you have a passenger that struggles with motion sickness I would not recommend this route.
Written October 20, 2022
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA3,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We discovered this spectacular route by accident. We left Bryce Canyon around 13:00 and planned to “drive by” Zion for just an afternoon peak on our way to St. George. We had heard that Zion’s “Scenic Drive” was closed to personal cars... This eastern route into Zion was absolutely spectacular (including the two Big Horn Sheep emerging from a cave)! We can’t wait to return for the real “Scenic Drive”.
Written October 13, 2020
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johnyboyd
San Ramon, CA290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Not to be missed scenic drive with enough vista points.

Estimate about 2 hrs with vista point stops from the east park entrance to the visitor center. (or the other way).
Great views all along, especially if you can make it in the evening when the cliffs turn bright red. But any time of the day shoud be fine. And the drive thru the tunnel to cap it off. We also got to see a pack of big horn sheep along the way.

There are enough stops with decent parking space (when we want in early May), so it did not feel crowded.

I did see some comments about this being a tough drive ... NOT at all - It's easy as such roads go, just don't get distracted, and stop your vehicle for your viewing pleasure!
Written May 10, 2022
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mario d
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is a beautiful scenic drive. You can either come from Springdale or Kanab. You will have to pay per car but it is better just to buy the anual pass for $80 dollars and you can go to many parks in US. The drive is beautiful and tons of places for hiking.
Written November 8, 2020
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Robert P N
Los Angeles, CA2,249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
The drive into the canyon and out is amazing. You can see instantly why it is a national park. When coming from the west be sure to depart early. There is a very narrow tunnel and if there is an RV they only allow one direction at a time. So you may experience a 30-45 min wait. Be prepared. The tunnel is super cool and worth the wait. Have fun
Written July 15, 2020
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Sushar
San Jose, CA857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a nice scenic drive from Springdale through Zion and the Mt. Carmel tunnel with places to stop at for short hikes. The switchbacks that lead to the tunnel are impressive and you get great views of the canyon from the car.
Written January 3, 2022
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Nyormirror
Bay City, MI1,986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
This is a great way to get to Bryce if you are coming from Vegas.

It’s a National park so a park pass or fees are required to drive thru. Numerous pull outs, great views and awesome picture opportunities. Kudos to those that had the permits, time and energy to do the well known hikes in lower Zion.

We stayed in a Airbnb in Hurricane to keep the cost and drive time down. I would definitely recommend. Wish we could have spent more time here. It takes about 2 hours with stops and pictures. I would definitely recommend.
Written June 7, 2022
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ1,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
After hiking in Zion park, we were headed to Bryce and drove the scenic route using this highway. It is beautiful! As we exited, we stopeed at Observation Canyon (Canyon Overlook trail on the map?) and hiked up to the top. It is right after the tunnel, you park on the side of the road as the parking is too small.

This is not an easy hike as it is straight up and at times you are perilously close to the edge. I had my walking sticks thankfully and did not look down. But well worth to get to the top and have a view from there.

We then continued onward on the highway, winding through the mountains. Those windows we saw, well they were the tunnel through the mountains, we were now driving through. Very cool.
Written February 27, 2021
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