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We loved the drive through the tunnel. It was cool how every few hundred feet there was a new... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cindy R
Torrance, California, United States
Carved out of solid rock

The engineering that took place to make this tunnel in the 1930's is amazing. 3/4 of a mile of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Somerset, Pennsylvania
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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.
Zion National Park, UT
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the drive through the tunnel. It was cool how every few hundred feet there was a new cutout displaying another ominous vision of beauty. Totally recommend.

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The engineering that took place to make this tunnel in the 1930's is amazing. 3/4 of a mile of sloped tunnel that comes out onto a sheer rock face is amazing. The tunnel is narrow, so if there are over sized Rv's or trucks, they...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the tunnel and the creation of Zion NP is interesting. Think about building a mile long tunnel in 1930. Who would have believed that our trucks would get so big. We took the tunnel way coming back from Bryce Canyon. Long Horn...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2018

One of the challenges in a tunnel that is a mile long relates to engine exhaust fumes.....there were 3 openings in the tunnel (that we saw) and we did not experience any smells. On the return trip (heading back west) they had the tunnel going...More

Thank gold-vintner
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is a long tunnel and is necessary to use it to enter/exit Zion NP from the east. There are several windows in the tunnel. When any RVs or wide vehicles go through the tunnel, they close the highway to one lane. Wait times can...More

Thank Gafilpoo
Reviewed October 9, 2018

A marvel of engineering, but now that you cannot stop and look out of the arches it is essentially just a tunnel through a mountain. There was a one-way traffic system in operation when we were there which led to major delays and traffic build...More

1  Thank phil52_10
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Actually got to drive thru the tunnel several times. The checkerboard mesa was cool to see along with the Canyon Trail hike.

Thank Slidersue
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We drove from Mt Carmel down into Zion national park. On the way down we came through this amazing tunnel, built just inside of the deep and vertical steep mountain wall. A bit scary.

1  Thank Carl-Henrik P
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Being someone who loves mountain tunnels, this one was great. The few arch windows along the way were unexpected and cool.

Thank Bobby L
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Travelling from Zion to the Grnad canyon took us through the Zion-Mt Carmel tunnel. We had to wait until the oncoming group passed, but the view was fantastic during the wait. Just don't expect to approach and drive right through.

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Response from Leitrim P | Reviewed this property |
firstly, do you mean Zion vs Bryce? if you mean to start at Bryce, you avoid the tunnel if you stay on 89, its a 5 hr drive to the grand canyon village on the southern ridge. if you start at Zion and want to avoid the... More
February 26, 2016|
Response from Leitrim P | Reviewed this property |
if you have a personal car, no. if you have a larger vehicle its a $15 fee. larger then 11 feet in height or 7 feet wide. you receive and pay for the permit at the tunnel entrance, whether you are heading into Zion or out... More