This scenic section of SR-9 twists and turns along 14 miles (23 km) through Zion National Park
to Mount Carmel Junction
. This section of the road is called the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. The highway begins on the south side of Zion National Park following along the Virgin River.
The road then turns at the junction of Pine Creek and the Virgin River and continues up Pine Creek Canyon, up the Switchbacks and into the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. On the east side of the tunnel the highway continues through impressive scenery, past the Canyon Overlook Trailhead, the East Rim Trailhead and the unique Zion landmark, Checkerboard Mesa.
Finally the road exits the park through the east entrance and 12 miles (19 km) later ends at the junction of SR-9 and US-89 in Mount Carmel Junction.