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Fun interesting tunnel on the way to Zion

This tunnel is a little over a mile long, and is quite the engineering marvel. There are some air... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cindy R
Torrance, California, United States
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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

I was looking forward to travelling through the tunnel on our way to Zion NP. We arrived at 11:00am to find that the tunnel was closed, rains overnight had caused a small landslide. They said they hoped to get the tunnel open by 1:00pm or...More

Thank LiciaW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tunnel is a little over a mile long, and is quite the engineering marvel. There are some air openings to let the exhaust out too. A slow drive but moved well even with some traffic along the way. Perhaps the only way into Zion...More

Thank finesilver
Reviewed 4 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 5 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

1  Thank Casey1919
Reviewed 30 October 2018

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

Thank wgetz13
Reviewed 16 October 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 13 October 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 9 October 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 3 October 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 30 September 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
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3 August 2016|
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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
26 February 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