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Old 04-20-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Traveling in my 40' DP...Appears there are 2 choices..Hwy 9 or Hwy 14...I know HWY 9 goes through Zion, and is very windy road and then there is the tunnel...is Hwy 14 a better choice?
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Traveling in my 40' DP...Appears there are 2 choices..Hwy 9 or Hwy 14...I know HWY 9 goes through Zion, and is very windy road and then there is the tunnel...is Hwy 14 a better choice?
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We were at Zion and Bryce 4 years ago in our 34' Bounder. Traveled Hwy 9 from Zion to Bryce. Don't believe your coach will pass through the tunnel on Hwy 9.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Tunnel
The Zion - Mt. Carmel tunnel runs between the park's east entrance and the main canyon. Vehicles 7'10" (2.4m) wide or 11'4" (3.4m) high, or larger, are required to have an escort through the tunnel. (Mostly RV's, buses, trailers, 5th wheels, boats, as well as some camper shells will require an escort.) The escort fee is $10 per vehicle. You will not actually follow an escort, rather, the oncoming traffic will be stopped, allowing you to drive through the middle of the tunnel. Vehicles over 13'1" tall, semi trucks, vehicles weighting more than 50,000 lbs or measuring over 40 ft., bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited in the tunnel. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 04-21-2007, 04:03 AM   #4
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We took Highway 14 from Bryce Canyon 6 years ago in early May and the weather was terrible across Summit Mountain. There was about a foot of snow, 30 mph winds, blizzard conditions in places, 8% grade up and down. Went downhill in granny low 4x4 about 5 mph pulling my fifth wheel trailer until the snow subsided at lower elevations.

If the weather is clear I suppose it'd not be too bad a drive.
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Old 04-21-2007, 06:44 AM   #5
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The tunnel is just the beginning of hazards. The road East of the tunnel is very narrow, full of switchbacks, and all the while you're driving up a steep( approx 8% grade). I pulled our old 5er(13'6") through Bryce-once- now I know better, never again! Park rangers stop traffic each way so oversized vehicles may drive through the tunnel by straddling the center line. The oversize permit cost $10 about 5 years ago.
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We went over SR 14 from E - W in Sep. '05 and had no trouble. Yes, the grades are steep in places but you simply have to be aware of that and gear down (uphill and down). Scenery is great Bottom line: it is nothing a normal MH could not do.

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I have been through there a couple of times and have seen very large 45ft tour buses go through I believe you can go. You need the escort so they give you one way access down the middle of the road.



<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SacsTC:
We were at Zion and Bryce 4 years ago in our 34' Bounder. Traveled Hwy 9 from Zion to Bryce. Don't believe your coach will pass through the tunnel on Hwy 9.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Tunnel
The Zion - Mt. Carmel tunnel runs between the park's east entrance and the main canyon. Vehicles 7'10" (2.4m) wide or 11'4" (3.4m) high, or larger, are required to have an escort through the tunnel. (Mostly RV's, buses, trailers, 5th wheels, boats, as well as some camper shells will require an escort.) The escort fee is $10 per vehicle. You will not actually follow an escort, rather, the oncoming traffic will be stopped, allowing you to drive through the middle of the tunnel. Vehicles over 13'1" tall, semi trucks, vehicles weighting more than 50,000 lbs or measuring over 40 ft., bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited in the tunnel. </div></BLOCKQUOTE> </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Teofff,
my wife and I went through the tunnel last October and other than waiting for the traffic coming from the other end to stop so we could go we had no difficulties. Road is windy, but nothing outrageous as long as you take your time. Beautiful scenery along the way... enjoy!!!
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