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History is an important part of the east side of Zion National Park. The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel is part of it. The magnificent structure was completed in 1931 and was an engineering feat that only the Zion Switchbacks could meet. It took a lot of time, money, effort and man power to connect Zion Canyon with the east side of Zion. This also allowed easy access to Bryce Canyon National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and other parks.
Historic Rock Church in East Zion
Orderville is known for its success as the longest lived united order community. As part of a 1870 trail to organize orders in Southern Utah. The members of the Orderville order owned all things in common. Most communities reported quick failure when they tried, but Orderville residents pulled together and it worked until 1890. Many other Kane County towns tried to become a united order community and failed, but Orderville is considered the only success. Another interesting historic site in East Zion is the Historic Rock Church which is located in Mount Carmel and open to visitors in the summer. The log building was built in 1890 and used as a church and school house. It burned down in 1919, but was rebuilt in 1923, this time with rock and then was used almost entirely as a church. Kids went to nearby Orderville in a covered wagon each day for school.

Daughters of the Pioneers

Daughters of the Pioneers This is a historic heritage house with pioneer artifacts and books. It is located in Orderville along the Heritage Highway (scenic byway 89)

Call 1-435-644-5726

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment.

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Zion Mt. Carmel Highway: Cars and normal sized trucks can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See restrictions for oversized vehicles.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive: April through October only the free Zion Shuttle is permitted to travel through the canyon. November through March private vehicle may drive along the road and park at the trailheads in the canyon. (Shuttle dates may vary slightly)

Naturalist Notes


Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon are all located within a 100-mile radius of Mount Carmel Junction, located on the East side of Zion. Zion and the entire east side of the park shares the magnificent amphitheaters of stone sculptures that are part of the Grand Staircase geology. The North Rim makes up the bottom layer of the Staircase. Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks are the top risers, with Zion National Park sandwiched between.

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