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Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Zion National Park, UT
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Nice Drive To and Through The Tunnel

The tunnel itself is 1.1 miles long, with 5 cutouts/windows (very helpful since the tunnel is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul S
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Must drive!

Great scenic drive. Magnificent arch on the ascent. The tunnel, with cutouts for view, is a great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kate B
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tunnel itself is 1.1 miles long, with 5 cutouts/windows (very helpful since the tunnel is otherwise unlit). There often are lengthy waits, since larger vehicles require the rangers to run traffic in only one direction at a time. Along the way on both sides...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great scenic drive. Magnificent arch on the ascent. The tunnel, with cutouts for view, is a great feat of engineering. Be prepared, at times, due to the height of modern buses, there is only one way traffic so you may have to wait awhile for...More

1  Thank Kate B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tunnel which was built early in the 20th century is iconic in Zion NP. After traversing several switchbacks out of the canyon you reach the tunnel. It is very dark with no interior lighting. Occasionally there are windows that look out into the canyon...More

Thank Mmarymomm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After driving what seems like forever of switch backs and sharp turns on a rod with little or no guardrails, you come to the tunnel. Large campers, buses and vans need to be escorted and the traffic is shut down so you can get thru...More

1  Thank cdrh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving a 30ft long, 11ft high class C motor home. It cost $15 to take it through the tunnel, but that includes a return trip through within 7 days. They run the tunnel with one way traffic and you drive down the center...More

Thank badlandsbaby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While we entered Zion from the South, we left through the tunnel. I am glad we did. It was a beautiful drive. Traffic wasn't bad leaving, but it looked like it was going in.

Thank bdfenwick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very scenic drive, but you need to be attentive and not claustrophobic (there is a long dark tunnel). They will stop traffic to accommodate large RVs and that can cause annoying traffic jams. The parking lot on the east side of the tunnel is...More

Thank putnik123
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very scenic series of switchbacks brings you up to mountain tunnel that seemed to be a bit less than a mile long. I think the tunnel dates back to the 1930s making it an impressive piece of civil engineering.

Thank arguseyes6
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We were pulling a trailer so had to get e permit to travel through the tunnel. This process went very smoothly and caused very little inconvenience. The tunnel was quite impressive.

Thank BigAlks
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

This was our first view of Zion, we came from Arches NP. What a welcome!! Even if you come from the south, do yourself a favor and drive through and back to get this view!!

Thank kimc0486
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Tunnel-phobic person here. Is it reasonably possible to drive from Bryce to Grand Canyon without going through the tunnel?
4 August 2016|
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Response from Leitrim P | Reviewed this property |
firstly, do you mean Zion vs Bryce? if you mean to start at Bryce, you avoid the tunnel if you stay on 89, its a 5 hr drive to the grand canyon village on the southern ridge. if you start at Zion and want to avoid the... More
Is there a fee to travel the tunnel?
27 February 2016|
Response from Leitrim P | Reviewed this property |
if you have a personal car, no. if you have a larger vehicle its a $15 fee. larger then 11 feet in height or 7 feet wide. you receive and pay for the permit at the tunnel entrance, whether you are heading into Zion or out... More