US-89 Utah Heritage Highway

U.S. Route-89 is a Utah state highway running north to south across 500 miles.  It connects Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon.

There is a lot of history in the small towns and communities along the section of US-89 that is known as the Utah Heritage Highway.  The towns include Hatch, Glendale, Orderville, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel Jct. and Kanab. Kanab is the largest of the bunch by far with a population around 3,000. Kanab is big enough to have its own school system but kids in the other small towns ride a school bus to Valley Elementary and Valley High School in Orderville. The kids there begin high school in the 7th grade since there is no middle school. The students come from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Alton and the small communities that make up Long Valley: Glendale, Orderville, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel Jct., Duck Creek and Cedar Mountain. Children living in the next town, Hatch are bussed to Panguitch. Along the road you will find many old buildings, some that have been restored and saved for generations to come. More History

Zion Park Scenic Byway
The Zion Park Scenic Byway travels 54-miles along SR-9, starting at I-15 about 9-miles east of St. George on Exit 16 at Harrisburg Jct. and ending at Mt. Carmel Jct. and US-89.

Getting to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Zion National Park is on of the most visited parks in the United States and it is Utah's most popular park by far. Nearby Bryce Canyon does not get quite the number of visitors, but it’s still a bustling place for a small National Park. Many Utah visitors take US-89, beyond Kanab and into Arizona where it changes to AZ-89A, to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Connecting the National Parks with beauty and adventure

Utah State Road 9 - thru Zion Park

Utah US-89
-connects with SR-9 from
Zion National Park in Mt. Carmel Jct.

Utah State Road 12 to Bryce Canyon

Utah State Road 14 is Cedar Mountain

Arizona 89A and SR-67 to Grand Canyon

Southern Utah Backways

Scenic Byways of southern Utah

Zion National Park Map Zion National Park Map Coral Pink Sand Dunes Map Zion National Park Lodging Grand Canyon North Rim Map Cedar Breaks and Dixie National Forest Map Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon Map Grand Staircase-Escalante Map Zion Book:  Favorite hikes in and around Zion National ParkMt. Carmel Scenic Byway

The Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway travels 60 miles in Utah along US-89 from Kanab, through Mt. Carmel Jct. and Long Valley to where US-89 and SR-12 meet near Panguitch.  This road leads to spectacular parks and monuments of southern Utah.   The path takes you through the geologically defined steps of the Grand Staircase and a variety of Sandstone Mountains as it sends you on your way to where you can turn-off to Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes,  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest

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

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Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway

Photo: Red Cave in Mt. Carmel.


Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging 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.


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

If you ever wanted to explore a wilderness area off the beaten path, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the place to do it. Many of the slot canyons in the Staircase are gorgeous.  Lick Wash, Willis Creek and Bull Valley Gorge are accessed off US-89. To get to the Staircase, travel on US-89 to Glendale. Take 300 North (Also called the Bench Road), found across the highway from GSENM picnic area and then drive on the dirt road and into the monument.

America the Beautiful Pass to all National Parks and Monuments


Consider buying the America the Beautiful Park pass. It will get you into Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and all the US Federal Lands on your want to see list. The pass can be purchased online or at the gate of any of the parks. Help out your favorite park and buy the pass from them or speed up the lines to get into the parks and get yours ahead of time on the internet.


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Zion National Park 12
Bryce Canyon 60
Grand Canyon 85
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