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Zion Canyon Scenic Byway

57.0 miles: 1 hours, 27 minutes

SR 9, or Zion Canyon Scenic Byway, begins at I 15 and ends at US 89. Best known for cutting through the heart of Zion National Park, the winding road provides amazing views of geological wonders, particularly towering red-brown rock formations and the cone-shaped Checkerboard Mesa. A series of switchbacks leads up to the 5,607-foot-long Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.


SR 9 showcases some of southwestern Utah’s most impressive natural features, from the Virgin River to the fiery-hued cliffs of Zion National Park. A fee is charged to drive through the national park, so while you’re there, stop in at the visitor center or go on a short hike. There also are roadside pull-off areas where you can take in the dramatic landscapes.


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