Utah Highway 9
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
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.
Zion Mt. Carmel Highway Construction
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
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