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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Zion National Park, Utah!

Stay in Mount Carmel Junction, the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Zion Park 12 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles

Plan your Zion National Park Vacation with our Utah Maps and Information

In these pages you will find insiders information on Zion National Park lodging, adventures and hikes. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Zion's hidden treasures.

Making summer memories in the Utah National Parks and National Monuments.



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Directions to Zion National Park
From Salt Lake City: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel 89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to the east park entrance.
From Las Vegas: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane. Make a right on U-9 at the second traffic light in LaVerkin. Continue on U-9 to the south entrance of the park. U-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

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Tunnel Canyon
Tunnel Canyon is a fun and easy canyon to explore located on the east side of Zion National park.

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Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author Tanya Milligan.

To post trip reports, offer corrections, updates, or for more information please visit the Zion National Park Forum

Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury. Experienced Zion hikers and canyoneers like the La Sportiva Exum Ridge. This shoe is great for hiking, bouldering and canyoneering.






Tunnel Canyon

The east side of Zion National Park has some great hiking that is off the beaten path such as this short little drainage located near the smaller tunnel in the park. Although most visitors drive through the east side and are in awe of the beauty. They are at a loss for what do beside the classic Canyon Overlook Trail and of course most stop at the many pullouts along the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. In realty, even though established east-side routes are not shown on your park map, there are a multitude of places to explore amid Zion's slickrock.

Photo Album: Tunnel Canyon Pictures
Trail Maps: Tunnel Canyon Topo Map
Day Hike
: Yes
Distance: 1mile round-trip
Average Hiking Time: 1 hour
Equipment: Sticky rubber soled hiking shoes.
ACA Canyon Rating: 1A I
Difficulty: Some slickrock scrambling may be required.
Permits: Not required. Check the weather report before hiking this trail. Do not hike if it looks like rain
Trailhead: The small tunnel along the Zion-Mt. Camel Hwy.
Trailend: Same as the trailhead.
Trail Access: The Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy is open year-round.
Elevation Gain: 300'
Off the Beaten Path: Yes
Classic Zion Park Hike: No
Best Season: Year-round. Hiking in slot canyons presents a very real danger from flash flooding. Do not hike this trail if it is raining. Remember a storm far off can trigger a flash flood.

See our vacation planning section for classic Zion National Park trails or glance at our favorite Zion National Park trails list or choose from a complete Zion National Park hiking guide. Don't get on the Zion Canyon Shuttle to hike the trail on this page.

Parking - Just east of the small tunnel .25 miles is a pullout on the north side of the road just after a left hand curve. There is enough space for several vehicles, but may be occupied during the busier spring and summer months. The little tunnel is 1.5 miles east of the 1.1 mile long Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.

Tunnel Canyon - This canyon involves an easy one mile round-trip hike through a mostly slickrock waterway. From the parking area, walk back toward the tunnel and look for the wash that enters from the north, just at the entrance of the tunnel. Find the beaten path down into the wash. Ascend the slickrock wash where you will find relatively easy hiking as it ascends for the next half-mile until reaching the saddle where you can no longer continue. Never scramble up or down slickrock without the proper skills and without sticky shoes appropriate for hiking on slickrock. Serenity, solitude and a total feeling of the backcountry experience is found as you work your way up this pretty wash

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