The Zion Mt. Carmel Highway (SR-9), the road in and through
Zion National Park does not
ever close and is traveled in your personal vehicle, but large campers, RV's and busses must only travel this road when escorts are present. See the information below for oversized vehicles. A fee is required even if you are just passing through the park. If you are not interested in seeing Zion you can detour in Hurricane and take AZ-389 to US-89. For those that have a high clearance, reliable vehicle, you could even cut through the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, depending on your destination. Map
The Zion Canyon Scenic Byway is a short 6-mile road that the Zion Canyon shuttle travels, taking visitors into Zion Canyon most of the year. In the winter, when the shuttle shuts down, then you can drive your personal vehicle into the canyon.
Oversized Vehicle Information -
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel Escort
An escort fee is required for vehicles 7'10" wide and/or
11'4" tall or larger which usually includes all RV's, buses, trailers, 5th wheels, dualie trucks, and some camper shells. Escorts (rangers) are stationed at both sides of the
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel to
direct traffic. During winter months,
escorts are arranged at the entrance stations. The hours are posted seasonally at kiosks before you enter the park from either direction, but it usually late March through
late October, escorts are usually stationed at the tunnel from 8am to 8pm daily and in November the time shortens to 8am to 4:30pm. The
$15 fee is good for two trips through the tunnel within 7-days.
Zion Summer Shuttle Schedule
Shuttle leaves visitor center:
5:45 am, 6:30-7:30 am every 30 minutes
7:30-9 am every 15-minutes
9-10 am every 10-minutes
10 am-6 p.m. every 6-minutes
6-8 pm every 10-minutes
8-9 pm every 15-minutes
9-9:30 pm every 30-minutes
Last shuttle leaves Visitor Center at 9:30 pm
Last shuttle leaves Zion Canyon at 11 pm
The Zion Canyon Road is the 6-mile spur off SR-9, into Zion Canyon, where the shuttle travels. The shuttle does not go through the main section along the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. Both roads are accessible
year-round, but usually from late March, early November, Zion Canyon is accessed via
the shuttle. Private cars
are allowed in Zion
Canyon when shuttles are not running.
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
Zion Photo: The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway runs from the south side of Zion to the east side, and another 12 miles to Mt. Carmel Junction, the junction of SR-9 and US-89. The road from Zion's east entrance to Mt. Carmel Junction is also called the Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway
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.
SR-9 Facts - The impressive Utah highway, SR-9, begins at the western terminus (exit 16
on Interstate 15) and travels through Zion National Park, ending at the eastern
junction with US-89. The section of SR-9, that runs through Zion National Park
is 14-miles long and called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway or Zion Park Scenic
Byway. The park itself owns this section of the road. This scenic byway runs from the south entrance of Zion National Park through
entrance, ending at the junction of SR-9 and US-89 in Mt. Carmel Junction. Along the way, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway navigates six switchbacks and two tunnels. Driving
along SR-9 is one of America's favorite car adventures. Plan time to enjoy the splendor
of this scenic
main highway through Zion. Many unsigned trails and
pullouts are located along the road which can be found on this website. After leaving the park's east
entrance, SR-9 will intersect with US-89 at
the resort community of Mt.
Zion Mt. Carmel Highway Construction
From 1923 until just prior to the start of construction the area was surveyed to select the best route for a road to connect Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Nevada Construction began their work on the 25-mile long Zion-Mount Carmel Highway in 1927 and was finished July 3, 1930 and the road and tunnel were open for us. That price tag for this highway came in a $1,896,000. The tunnel by itself cost $503,000. in 2012, the tunnel and highway were named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Road Tripping through Zion - Road tripping in southern Utah and northern Arizona is ranked by National Geographic's Online Magazine as one of "America's 100 best adventures!" Think color, because it will fill your senses year-round in color country. Breathtaking is a word that comes to mind when thinking of Zion National Park, the most visited national park in Utah and the seventh most visited National Park in the United States.
America the Beautiful Pass -
The pass will get you into all US National Parks, Monuments and Federal Lands for a year. Help the park you are visiting and buy the pass at their gate, but it can be purchased at the entrance to any of the National Parks or even online. Buying the pass at the park you visit helps to fund that park. Eighty-percent of the funds will stay in Zion National Park if you buy the pass at their gate. The pass is good for more than the National Parks, it also covers sites managed by USDA FS, NPS, USFWS, BLM and Reclamation. The pass covers the entrance fees and amenities. If you are 62 or older or receive disability benefits, you may be eligible for the Senior or Access pass. If you have questions about the American the Beautiful Pass call their contact number: 1.888.ASK.USGS - press 3.
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
The tunnel is 5,613 feet, and it follows along Pine Creek Canyon.