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Old 05-03-2008, 07:17 AM   #1
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We are planning to take US 160 west to Arizona 98 to US 89 into Utah and the take Utah 9 to Zion NP.

My question, is Arizona 98 and Utah 9 OK for a 40' motor home. I believe you can get through the tunnel with a motor home in Zion NP per the web site.

Any help would be appreciated and a Thank you in advance.
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We are planning to take US 160 west to Arizona 98 to US 89 into Utah and the take Utah 9 to Zion NP.

My question, is Arizona 98 and Utah 9 OK for a 40' motor home. I believe you can get through the tunnel with a motor home in Zion NP per the web site.

Any help would be appreciated and a Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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I wouldn't do it. I've driven the tunnel in an SUV a few times, and it is really low with lots of tight turns. My motor home would not fit. And the rangers will take out a tape measure and measure your rig. Here's what the park service says:

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Bill, Thanks for the info, That's what I needed to know.

We are staying in Springdale, so would it be better to go up to 14 and back down on I 15 or drop back down to Arizona and back up AZ 389. UT 59
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I've done that run in a 40' Allegro Bus. It's no problem.

First of all there is a 40' overall length limit in Zion N.P. When you enter the park (prior to getting to the tunnel when coming from the east) there will be a place to pull off. Here you must disconnect your toad and your copilot will have to follow behind. By the way - since I'm now driving a 42' Bus this entrance is no longer available to me. I have to enter from the west and stay in Springdale. When I made the run in my 40' Bus they did not come out and measure it but they might if you're trying to pull a fast one so I wouldn't try it with a 42 footer.

When you get to the tunnel the rangers will stop you and clear traffic. After paying your fee (which is good for two way travel within a 7-10 day period) they will stop traffic at the other end then tell you to drive right down the middle of the tunnel. Cars behind you may follow but there will be no oncoming traffic. Once you exit the tunnel they'll reopen it to traffic from both directions. The tunnel is high in the middle but curves down at the ends so you need to run right down the middle. It's no problem, really.
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We too went throught he tunnel. Paids our $15 fee along with the other MH's. Piece of cake.

The only thing I would caution is the trip down from the tunnel (east to west) to the Zion visitor center is pretty steep, with lots of switchbacks. Be sure to watch your speed.
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I too took the tunnel last Nov and I entered from the west. They told me anything over 50 foot had to drop the toad, trailer, and so on. So the wife followed me.
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Thanks for the input Tom Patty and Mt Man
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