Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is a scenic drive located in Washington and Kane counties, in southwestern Utah, United States. The road is somewhat easy windy. It is an excellent introduction to what you'll be seeing inside the Zion National Park.
Located within the Zion National Park, the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway (State Route 9, SR-9 or HWY 9) is 25 miles (40km) long and runs west-east from Springdale, a town in Washington County and Mount Carmel Junction, in Kane County. The road was built in 1930 and it’s paved. The experience of using this road is very impressive.
The drive can be very busy and offers stunning views. This drive gives a different perspective of the grandeur of Zion. It is hard to keep your eyes on the road with so much beautiful scenery. Plan 22 minutes to drive the whole road without any stop. The drive offers switchbacks, slickrock and sweeping views with seasonal waterfalls.
One of the most famous sections of the road is the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Opened in 1930 it’s 1.1 miles long. It’s a series of windows carved though the tunnel's side open up breathtaking views for drivers. It’s lit within by windows cut through to the face of the cliffs. Inside the tunnel are prohibited vehicles over 13 feet 1inch tall, semi-trucks, vehicles carrying hazardous materials, vehicles weighing more than 50,000 pounds, single vehicles over 40 feet long, combined vehicles over 50 feet long, all bicycles and pedestrians.