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