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Old 06-10-2016, 12:36 AM   #1
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Is there a problematic tunnel between Page AZ and Virgin Utah (Zion NP)?

I am travelling with a group of 8 rigs through this area tomorrow (Page to Fredonia to Colorado City to Hurricane to Virgin) and someone mentioned that there is a tunnel on this route with length limits and required escorts. Does anyone know if this is accurate? Route will be 89/389/59/9.
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Old 06-10-2016, 01:04 AM   #2
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Look up " limitations on the Zion Mt Carmel tunnel". National Park Service has notes about taller that 11.4 and wider than 7.9.

Lots of forum members have gone thru with out problems.

There are some discussions of this in former threads also.
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:44 AM   #3
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Re: Zion National Park Tunnels

Driftwood1,

The tunnels that you are concerned about are encountered when entering Zion National Park from the east, headed west. You won't go through the tunnels, if you enter Zion from the west via the Main Entrance near Springdale, UT.

Note: Tunnels on Highway 9 are shown on the second map as a broken line near the words "Zion National Park".
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Thanks, we came in from the west.
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:03 PM   #5
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We drove this way last summer with no problems getting through the tunnels with a 2015 Chevy 2500 truck pulling a 2007 25' Safari. It's an incredible drive once you get to Zion! If possible I would recommend everyone go from the East through the park to the main entrance on the West...its breathtaking! We also drove the opposite way when we left with no issues in the tunnels but the drive was not nearly as incredible.
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They do escort trailers through the tunnel because they take trailers down the middle of the road ... When we went several years back, there was a one-time charge good for several days ... We had no issues with it. You can find current info on the Zion website...
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They do escort trailers through the tunnel because they take trailers down the middle of the road
How does that work exactly? Ive never encountered such a thing.
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We went through there three weeks ago. Here's how it worked: 1.) as we entered the park, the Ranger looked at our rig and said "that'll be $15 please for the tunnel escort fee" (that seemed to be the most important step to them) 2.) they give you some paperwork to tape to the lower right (passenger side) inside of your windshield 3.) when you approach the tunnel a Ranger flags you to stop in the driving lane, takes your paperwork and when you are given a wave to enter the tunnel they say "the tunnel is one way now... drive down the center line".

That's it. There was never a moment of doubt that our truck and trailer would fit.
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If your trailer is more than 8' wide they halt traffic from other end of tunnel and have you drive down the middle of the road to other end. I think there was a small charge for this.
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The tunnel is past Springdale. It is on a public road which is open 24X7. If you have to go through it with your trailer then you will need an escort because the tunnel is narrow and it has a pretty steep arch to it which means tall vehicles & towed trailers need to drive down the middle of the tunnel. It is no big deal but does cost an extra fee. If you are camping between Page and Springdale then you will not need to be concerned about the tunnel.

The history of the tunnel itself is fascinating and worth reading about. And the drive up the road with the tunnel is beautiful. Zion NP itself requires that you ride a shuttle bus in and out of the park and it is so worth seeing the park - make the short but steep hike to dripping cave & walk up the very easy trail to the end of the narrows. Also I highly recommend the upstairs cafe / restaurant at the lodge (skip the one outdoors).
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Zion National Park Tunnels

Went through there from east to west a few years ago with a Classic 31 and a E350 Diesel van. The limit then was 50 feet total length which we made by less than a foot. At that time they stopped all oncoming traffic and we drove down the center of the tunnel. Pretty awesome. Brings back fond memories.

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We went through there three weeks ago. Here's how it worked: 1.) as we entered the park, the Ranger looked at our rig and said "that'll be $15 please for the tunnel escort fee" (that seemed to be the most important step to them) 2.) they give you some paperwork to tape to the lower right (passenger side) inside of your windshield 3.) when you approach the tunnel a Ranger flags you to stop in the driving lane, takes your paperwork and when you are given a wave to enter the tunnel they say "the tunnel is one way now... drive down the center line".

That's it. There was never a moment of doubt that our truck and trailer would fit.
We also went through the tunnel coming from the east into Zion about three weeks ago just as GammaDog describes above. The ranger didn't measure us. Their website information says 50' is the maximum length. We are 53' but the ranger hardly glanced at our rig.

There is no escort. They simply rotate between each way, much as you would at a construction site where there's a person on each end holding a stop sign. You wait with a bunch of other vehicles until it's your side's turn, then you all go at the same time, driving down the center of the road.

The $15 pass entitles you to another trip through the tunnel within 7 days. We stayed 10 days at Zion and then drove out west bound, so we didn't go through the tunnel on the way out.
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