Mt. Carmel Utah ~ Gateway to Zion and Bryce Canyon
About Mt. Carmel, Utah on Scenic Highway 89
Mt. Carmel is a small town in Kane County, Utah, located 12 miles east of Zion National Park at the junction of U.S. Route 89 and State Route 9 in southwestern Utah. The town of Mt. Carmel extends from Mt. Carmel Junction (1 mile south) to Orderville (2 miles north).
All the Comforts of Home
At the Junction there are restaurants, gift shops and gas stations. In Orderville, there is a grocery store, cafe, a great new sports themed diner, gas and service stations, and a town swimming pool which is open to the everyone. The local B&B serves upscale breakfasts (every day) and dinners (several nights a week) to the public.
The Grand Canyon North Rim is just 100 scenic miles away, and Utah's beautiful Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a short drive from Mt. Carmel. Nearby Zion Mountain Resort offers buffalo viewing, horseback riding and other activities, a nice addition to a day in Zion National Park.
Small-Town History, World-Class Scenery
Located amidst the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah, is rich with Utah pioneer history, including the Historic Old Rock Church on Highway 89, and a marker showing where John Wesley Powell descended into the nearby Parunaweap canyon. In 1927, construction on the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and Highway began, allowing visitors to the area to access the east side of Zion, and points beyond. The tunnel is still part of the delightful and wondrous drive through Zion National Park on Utah Highway 9.
Mt. Carmel, Utah is also home to the historic Maynard Dixon home, the Bingham Gallery, and the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. In 1939, famous American painter Maynard Dixon built a unique log home and studio in Mt. Carmel. Dixon's artwork, along with the historic studio and log home, can be seen when visiting the Bingham Gallery.