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Old 04-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Driving in utah rt 9

We are planning a trip that would include Bryce Canyon and Zion national park. It looks like a route to take is rt9. Not sure if this road would be ok with a 40foot motor home. I saw there is a tunnel I would need a escort thru. Has anyone been in this road and can offer advice? Thanks ken
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Bryce and Zions are sort of our favorite play grounds we just love the southern part of Utah. We have a 30' Sunseeker and had no problems on the road this past Oct. There is a 15.00 fee to use the tunnel with a MH. The rangers stop traffic and wait for the tunnel to clear, once cleared they then allow the oversized traffic to use the center of the road through the tunnel. once you clear the tunnel, they allow the same for the opposite direction or return the tunnel to two way traffic. When we went through we caught the pattern so had no wait. but I believe the wait is typically only a few minutes. The drive on highway is also a wonderful treat with spectacular views, we could have stopped a dozen time to take photographs. There are some really beautiful rock formations. My wife thinks I'm very frugal I almost drove around the long loop to avoid the tunnel fee. I'm extremely glad we didn't pass it up. Well worth the drive! You should have no problems with your rig.
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Great news- on the map it looked dicey. Where did you stay at Zion? I noticed some park campground and only 1 private. Any must see in the parks as well?
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We are going that way in August. Our plan was to go around via RT59 to RT89 and stay at Gouldings Monument Valley RV park.

The switch backs and the tunnel seemed like too much for our combination (2500HD Duramax and a 9,000 pound camper).

How high is the tunnel?
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I found it.

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Zion National Park

I think I will be going around
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There are 2 NP campgrounds at the south entrance to Zions near the town of springdale. If your dates of travel are firm reservations are HIGHLY recommended. There are first come first served spots but they go fast.. it seems like many who are turned away stay a night in springdale then snatch, the walkins first hing the next morning. Even October all sites were taken so we stayed at the Zion canyon campground and RV resort behind (part of the quality inn). Little pricy for my taste but was a good place. The canyon uses a bus transport which is very convenient. We love the Angel's landing hike great 5 mile round trip hike. The last half mile is a bit of a dicey narrow hike with chain hand rails for safety. Also at the top of Zions is the Narrows. A slot canyon with lots of time hiking in water. All the hikes in the park are spectacular though.
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We have reservations at Gouldings Monument Valley RV park. Have you heard any reviews of that one?
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I found it.

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Zion National Park

I think I will be going around
Looks somewhat similar to the Marys Rock tunnel on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Some restrictions there as well.
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We have reservations at Gouldings Monument Valley RV park. Have you heard any reviews of that one?
Herk, haven't heard anything myself, we have Monument Valley on the list, but haven't been there yet. A year or so ago I saw a video which talked about tours in Monument valley, because it is mostly reservation, tours are conducted by members of the Navajo Tribe. I have heard for a photographer the all day tour tends to be the best so you get a varied experience with the lighting and shadows. I hear some of the short tours expect you to get in take photos then get out so the next group can get in. (Sort of like a production line). You may want to look at how much time is available while actually in the monument. Looking at the Goulding's website their promo info sounds quite interesting.
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Looks somewhat similar to the Marys Rock tunnel on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Some restrictions there as well.
Maybe I'm stupid but I'd go thru the Zion tunnel in a heartbeat with my 40' Berky. I've been thru it many times by auto; never in a coach. Problem would be the switch backs on the west end of the tunnel; but quite negotiable I believe.

The engineering of the tunnel is extremely interesting. It basically follows along the face of the cliff, and is never more that 20' feet inside the cliff wall.

I always say it's like you entered a AC outlet at floor level in a room, traveled all the way around three sides of the room (inside the wall) and then exited through another outlet near the ceiling. Plus, as you traveled inside the wall, you could look out into the room through other scattered AC outlets in the wall.

Maybe a strange analogy, but that's the way it strikes me.

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