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Vehicles requiring 
a tunnel escort
The Zion - Mt. Carmel Tunnel is located on the park road between the East Entrance and Zion Canyon.

Vehicles sized 7'10" in width or 11'4" in height, or larger, are required to have an "escort" (traffic control) through the Zion - Mt. Carmel Tunnel because they are too large to stay in their lane while traveling through the tunnel. Nearly all RV's busses, trailers, 5th wheels, and some camper shells will require an escort.

Visitors requiring an escort must pay a $10 fee per vehicle (subject to change in 1997), in addition to any entrance fee. Pay this fee at either park entrance before proceeding to the tunnel. The fee is good for two trips through the tunnel for the same vehicle during a 7-day period.

Please note that you will not be following an escort vehicle through the tunnel. Rangers at each end of the tunnel will stop oncoming traffic, allowing you enough time to drive down the middle of the tunnel. We apologize for the delays that many visitors will encounter during these escorts.

During the winter season, escorts must be arranged at the entrance stations, Visitor Center, or by phoning 772-3256. From March through October, rangers are stationed at the tunnel from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

Prohibited Vehicles
  • Vehicles over 13'1" tall
  • Semi-trucks
  • Vehicles over 50,000 lbs.
  • Single vehicles over 40' long or combined vehicles over 50' long

No Parking
For vehicles over 21 feet long at Weeping Rock (all hours) or Temple of Sinawava (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from March through October. These restrictions are necessary because Weeping Rock Parking Area has a small turnaround space and the Temple of Sinawava has heavy traffic congestion. Oversized vehicles parked in these areas will be ticked or towed away. If you would like to visit these areas, it is best to use the tram service at Zion Lodge.
Maximum Parking Length

Large Vehicle Restriction information found in "The Sentinel Visitor's Guide Zion National Park" - Winter 1997