Utah Scenic Byway-9
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
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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 fee is good for two trips through the tunnel within 7-days.
Utah State Road 12 to Bryce Canyon
Utah State Road 14 is Cedar Mountain.
Utah State Road 148 - to Cedar Breaks
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.
Utah 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 the east 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 byway and 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. Carmel Junction.
Historic 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. I can be purchased at the entrance to any National Park or 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.
Mt. Carmel Jct.
Zion National Park 12
Bryce Canyon 60
Grand Canyon 85
Cedar Breaks 45
Grand Staircase 9
Dixie Forest 22
Sand Dunes 11
Coyote Butte 57
Red Canyon 47
Stay in the heart of the parks, Mount Carmel Junction, and visit the treasures of the Southwest and Utah.
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