Originally Posted by MuseJr
The tunnel in Zion was down to one lane and they had signs keeping anything but cars out of the area this spring. It was scheduled to be that way all summer.
The national parks keep their websites up-to-date on 'Alerts' and road issues. There's nothing different for the Zion Tunnel. It's business as usual. (Perhaps there was a road repair in the spring)
Note that each national park, national monument has a very good web site like the above link to Zion to explore with campground infor, things to do, road info, etc. Explore them.
A good route for Salt Lake City to do the parks and one if you don't want to deal with the tunnel, is:
Take I-15 south to Hwy 9 at St. George. Stay along Hwy 9 at Hurricane or closer to the park entrance at Springdale. Also, there are two campgrounds in Zion itself - one has electric and accepts reservations. The other doesn't have electric and it's first come. The free Zion shuttle makes stops in Springdale to take you into the park. When you leave Zion backtrack on Hwy 9 to Hwy 59 at Hurricane. Take UT59 which will become Hwy 389 in Arizona which takes you to Fredonia, AZ. Hwy 9, 59 and 389 are very nice drives with a RV - no big hills.
From Fredonia, AZ head north on 89 to Hwy 12 east just south of Panguitch, UT. Take Hwy 12 east to Bryce and further along to Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. Both have campgrounds with no electric and plenty of campgrounds outside the park. Hwy 12 is an absolutely gorgeous drive through Grand Staircase Escalante Nat'l Monument. It will have a steep hill to climb near Torrey but it's very doable with a RV and many do it.
From Torrey, UT take 24 east and north at Hanksville to I-70. Take I-70 east to Hwy 191 for Arches Nat'l Park and Canyonlands Nat'l Park at Moab. Dead Horse Point State Park at Canyonlands is a very nice place to stay with electric and a easy drive to Arches.
Have a great trip! They're favorite areas for us!!