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A Glimpse of Zion

Camping only 30 minutes from Zion National Park, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a quick drive to the park and take a glimpse.

We took the UT-9 east to the South Entrance of the park and turned right onto Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. The landscape was amazing with the snow capped red cliffs and the green vegetation which was abundant due to the higher than normal precipitation experienced this fall and winter. There are two tunnels that run through the cliffs. The larger of the two tunnels is the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The tunnel has no light and is quite long and narrow. No stopping is allowed and there area few openings carved out through which you can have a quick glance out.

The scenic drive through the park ended at the east entrance of the park. From there, we continued on UT-9 to the Hwy. 89 junction, Mt. Carmel Junction, where we stopped at the Thunderbird Restaurant for lunch. Their French onion soup was especially delicious!

Hwy 89 split off into Hwy 89A through Kanab and onto Route 389 to the UT-59 and back to the UT-9 arriving back at Sand Hollow State Park. We returned in time to prep the motorhome and load the tow dolly before the rain/snow storm came in to the area. We caught some pretty strong wind gusts along the way which made from some white knuckle driving, but arrived safely back at our home base in Las Vegas.

Definitely need to make return trips to Sand Hollow State Park and Zion National Park!


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