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“Take this drive!”

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
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Owner description: A spectacular entry into Zion National Park that consists of a 1.1-mile long tunnel and a highway that slowly winds down from a high plateau.
Wichita, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Take this drive!”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

So interesting to go through this looooong tunnel. If you are at all claustrophobic I wouldn't recommend it though. There are times when it feels like the tunnel will never end and you will never get out. However, for me this was exciting :)

Very cool to look out of the peep holes along the drive to make sure there is still a world out there.

Visited July 2013
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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“A top drive !”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

This is both an exciting and rewarding drive with great views along the way and is a popular route to link Zion and Bryce canyon, both are incredibly beautiful National parks. On the east side of the tunnel there is a Trailhead called the Canyon overlook Trail that you might want to check out, but it is uneven in places and has long drop offs, although mostly fenced it is not for everyone. Just after this [heading east] you will come to a parking area for Checkaboard Mesa which is quite pleasant. If you are driving a large vehicle, such as an RV, you will have to wait a short while and pay a fee for a tunnel escort. This is just a case of them stopping on-coming trafic from entering the other end of the tunnel to allow you to drive down the centre, as the edges of the tunnel are lower near the side walls creating an arch.

Visited October 2013
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“an excellent drive in an excellent place”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

we (my girlfriend and i , from the uk), have so far taken two r.v. trips in the grand circle, and have taken this drive twice, the first time heading clockwise around the circle and the second time anti clockwise, so we have taken the drive both ways.
with a fairly large r.v you are required to stop at the entrance of the mile or so long tunnel, and wait until a park ranger gives you the go ahead.
the tunnel is unlit inside with a few windows cut into the cliff face being the only light available.
emerging from either end of the tunnel you are greeted with the most marvellous scenery, drawing gasps and whoops from both of us.
coming down the mountain is a spectacular drive with almost hairpin bends overlooking hundreds of feet down from the road.
there are plenty of pull ins for photo opportunities, which we took many.
reccomended to anyone

Visited October 2013
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Charlottetown, Canada
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238 reviews
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“Pretty cool tunnel to drive through”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Its quite impressive that this tunnel was built 80 years ago or more. There is a great hiking trail that starts near the tunnel and it gives great vistas of the canyon and some of the mountains

Visited January 2014
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Newmarket, Ontario Canada
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“And how big is your RV?”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We took this out of the canyon two years ago after a couple of days in the campground there. It requires some experience if you are driving a large motor-home and pulling a car. When you get to the tunnel you wait until there are a number of RV's lined up, then a ranger co-coordinating with the other end which stops all traffic leads you through the tunnel driving in the center of the road to allow for the sloping sides of the tunnel which could scrape your RV's upper corners. It really isn't difficult and certainly worth the experience, some of the most beautiful scenery you will see anywhere in North America.

Visited January 2014
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