Mt. Carmel Jct. is the center of two of Utah's most popular scenic drives.
Scenic Byway through Zion National Park and Scenic Byway 89 meet at this
Gorgeous Resort area. Mt. Carmel Jct. is the true center of Southern Utah's National
Zion National Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon National Park 60 miles
Grand Canyon National Park 95 miles
Cedar Breaks National Monument 45 miles
Grand Staircase National Monument 6 miles
Coral Pink Sand Dunes 11 miles
Best Friends Animal Society 11 miles
Kanab 17 miles
St. George 70 miles
Cedar City 70 miles
This area is home to five Gorgeous Slot Canyons! See our Tour Guide section
for jeep tour adventures into the beautiful Slot Canyons in Mount Carmel.
Fossils are common in Mt. Carmel Jct. Crinoids fossils in particular are found
here, leaving evidence of the ancient seas from which once covered this magnificent
part of Southern Utah.
- The small town of Mt. Carmel is up the road from Mt. Carmel Jct. Settled in
1865 as Winsor, threats by Navajo and Paiute Indians in 1866 forced the locals
to abandon the town. In 1871 it was re-established as Mt. Carmel. Named after
a Mountain in Palestine.
The Mt. Carmel Rock Church is a quaint stone building that is now used as
a tourist information center. It was constructed in 1890 and remodeled in 1924
after a fire destroyed much of the building. At one time the small building had
multi uses such as church, school, dances and public meetings.
Jack and Fern Morrison homesteaded the rough land that was located along a
gravel road in 1931. Jack died in 1961 and Fern began to build. The beautiful
resort you see today at Mt. Carmel Jct. is a monument to her hard work and perseverance.
Fern died in 1998, shortly after her 91st birthday. Today Jack and Fern's daughter,
two of her grand children and two of her great grand children continue to run
Maynard Dixon Country Each year The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts sponsors "Maynard Dixon
Country" - an annual art invitational featuring the works of 15-20 nationally-known
artists. This three day event is held at the Maynard Dixon Art Studio in Mt.
Carmel. Call 1-801-533-5330 for more information.
Directions to Zion National Park
From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. See restrictions for RV's.
This magnificent slot is in Mount Carmel, Utah
Lodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.