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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

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Address: Zion National Park, UT
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This scenic highway offers interesting curves and tunnels.

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Stop at the turnouts & learn about the tunnel construction

Great drive & fun hikes if you have time. At one of the turnouts, you can look up at the holes in the cliff where the tunnel is. The info panel explains that those holes in... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Anderson, South Carolina
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Sothern Utah is beautiful!!! This scenic route is not for the faint of heart. It was terribly frightening for us (70 and 76 years old). Zion is so beautiful but this scenic route SR9 taken in a small rental car is not for anyone who is afraid of heights, tunnels. We could not enjoy the scenery for worrying about getting... More 

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Monroe, Connecticut
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

We made the drive twice and there is nothing that compares to the sights from this road. Entering the canyon on the Mt Carmel Highway is breath taking. Lots of pull outs ... Easy to get out and walk around. We saw a number of Long horned sheep - they are often right near the edge of the road.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Great drive & fun hikes if you have time. At one of the turnouts, you can look up at the holes in the cliff where the tunnel is. The info panel explains that those holes in the tunnel are Not viewing areas (no stopping in the tunnel!) / they were used for access when they were building the tunnel /... More 

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Thank rollngstone
Apache Junction, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Beautiful road/scenery. I didn't know about the tunnels. Fine for cars, but RVs need a special permit, and having nerves of steel doesn't hurt, either. Made it fine, the rangers were reassuring, and came out proud. For those Honda drivers--just enjoy the trip, it ain't bad.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Just when you think you're wowed out from views in the canyon, there's this gorgeous highway that takes you through an amazing tunnel and more breathtaking scenery! Go see for yourself... UNbelievable views!!

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

This drive is scenic ... and that is an understatement. I wasn't the driver on this day and was glad of it, so many switchbacks and so many things to see, all from the car!

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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Don't chicken out. Take the drive! It is beautiful and an amazing bit of engineering. First built back in the days when Americans figuered out how to do do amazing, difficult things. You'll be happy you made this trip. It is high, lots of switchbacks, the road is in great condition. There are many pull outs, but they aren't real... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

The Zion-Mt Carmel highway is a slow moving, twisting highway into and out of the park. There are many places to pull off and see the sights of Zion National Park. It also includes a mile long tunnel.

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Taos, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We arrived and departed Zion via this route and I must say I could do it every day and still be awed by the sights it affords. Make sure you stop and do the Canyon Overview Hike - it is short but spectacular! We had quite a crowd to filter through since we were there mid-day so the earlier the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Hard to describe the majesty of Zion. You have to see it to believe it. We'll remember this all our lives. Do this part at late afternoon to dusk, it is quite special then.

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