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Road to Zion National Park named National Scenic Byway

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:42:45-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — It's not necessarily one of "The Mighty 5" in Utah, but it's awfully close.

State Road 9 that runs to one of the entrances of Zion National Park has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration.

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The honor came Wednesday when the agency named 34 new National Scenic Byways and All-American Byways across the United States, the St. George News reports.

SR-9, also known as the Zion Scenic Byway, runs between La Verkin and the park's east entrance.

Zion corridor
The Zion corridor, Springdale, Utah

“This just helps more people recognize the beauty of the area we’ve always known,” Washington County Commission chair Gil Almquist said. “It’s a highway gem.”

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The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes roads based on their archaeological, cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. SR-9 is the first road in Utah to be given the honor of recognition.

Zion Scenic Byway was named a state scenic byway by the Utah Legislature in 1990.