Monday, April 18, 2016

To Zion National Park, Utah

The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel connects Zion Canyon to the east side of the park. It was built in the 1920s when large vehicles were less common. Vehicles 11'4" or taller, or 7'10" wide or wider, requires one-lane traffic control through the tunnel which is $15 fee which is valid for two trips. Commercial vehicles, and vehicles or 13'1" tall or combined vehicles or buses over 50' are not allowed through the tunnel. I believe I read the tunnel is 1 mile long. There are actually to tunnels; a short one also, but I don't remember any height restrictions on that one. There is an entrance fee of $30 per vehicle (valid for 7 days). We have the National Park Pass, but this was also the entrance fee-free week. There were a lot of vesicles and a lot of buses. 

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Zion National Park was designated a national park in 1919.The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open year-around. A 22-minute orientation film is shown regularly at the Zion Human History Museum. Spring through fall, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to shuttle buses only (free). The only guests allowed to drive on the road during this tie are those with confirmed overnight reservations at the Zion Lodge. 

And then there’s the wildlife…these were all on the trail to the Narrows. The squirrels were a real pest, you couldn’t keep them away. People were dropping food or feeding them by hand.

The scenery is remarkable. The Narrows was closed due to flooding.         Can you see the rock climber?

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