Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, Utah

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” John Muir

 

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Hiking the iconic hikes of Zion National Park is a must during a visit, but driving through on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is also a tremendous pleasure offering spectacular vistas along the way.

Completed in 1930 after a three year construction, the 25-mile highway is an engineering marvel flawlessly melding together nature and technology as it weaves its way past several unique rock formations, through tunnels borne directly into solid stone and down several switchbacks to reach Zion Canyon below. Even the brownish tone of the asphalt compliments the ochre rocks.

Along the way there are multiple pullouts, which provide opportunities not only for photo ops, but also for rock scrambling to higher views as well as hiking.

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8 thoughts on “Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, Utah

  1. This post has (again) inspired me to organize a National Parks tour… I don’t know when I can make it happen, but I think I could lose myself in the hiking and the beauty of these parks for a long time (and these photos are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them!).

  2. I have travelled by horseback through many parts of Zion. Some places felt incredibly peaceful and others decidedly uncomfortable and sinister even. It has been a few years but thanks to your lovely post I have been enjoying some great memories! If you are ever in Utah again, try Snow Canyon………

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