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Zion Mt Carmel Highway Scenic Drive

Zion National Park


The Zion Mt Carmel Highway Scenic Drive is one of the most beautiful drives in the entire national park system. Massive colorful rock formations and lots of beautiful hikes abound in this section of Zion National Park.

The drive is located on the lesser explored (than the main canyon) east side of Zion National Park where the bighorn sheep roam.

While you’re on this side of the park be sure to check out Canyon Overlook and Pine Creek Gorge Slot Canyon.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to drive the Zion Mt Carmel Highway is in the early morning to avoid crowds and have it to yourself. With that being said, there’s never a bad time to make this drive as the slower you go the more you enjoy.

Things to Note

Traffic congestion can be an issue here due to the limited roadside parking, bighorn sheep, and tunnel traffic limited by large vehicles.

Zion Mt Carmel Highway Scenic Drive | Zion National Park, Utah

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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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