Zion Tunnel to Close for Three Hours
Contact: Ron Terry, 435-772-0160
The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel on the east side of Zion National Park will be closed to vehicles for three hours on August 26, 2009. The closure will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, vehicles will not be able to drive through the park on Highway 9. Alternate east/west routes are available via Highway 59 from Hurricane, Utah to Fredonia, Arizona and Highway 14 from Cedar City, Utah to Long Valley Junction and Highway 89.
The three hour closure will allow pre-registered participants to walk through the 1.1 mile tunnel as visitors were able to do in the early days of the tunnel. Registration for the event was in June and the registration is full. This one-time event is one of the major events of the Zion National Park Centennial, celebrating its 100 years as a protected area.
During the event, traffic will be stopped at the East Entrance to the park and at the Highway 9 junction with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Traffic stopped at Canyon Junction will be directed to return to Springdale to wait for the road to open or to take one of the alternate routes. The park visitor center, museum, Zion Lodge, campgrounds, and shuttle buses will be open and operating as normal.
Traffic advisory signs will be placed near Mt. Carmel Junction, near Virgin, Utah, and near the park’s South Entrance. The park’s short range radio broadcast systems at Mt. Carmel Junction, Hurricane, Utah, and both park entrances will also broadcast the temporary closure information. In addition, printed information will be distributed in nearby communities and provided at the entrance stations regarding the temporary closure.