Mount Carmel, Utah: Belly of the Dragon

A manmade tunnel dug in the 20th century as a floodwater culvert under US Highway 89. It has since been eroded into something natural-looking, photogenic, and fun to walk through. Don't go when it's raining.

Address:
US-89, Mount Carmel, UT
Directions:
From Mt Carmel Junction, at the intersection of UT-9 and US-89, drive south on US-89 for a half-mile. Turn right onto an unmarked dead-end dirt road. Drive a third of a mile. You'll see a parking area on the left. Park, and follow the short, sandy trail to the tunnel entrance.
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Belly of the Dragon.

Belly of the Dragon

The Belly of the Dragon is well worth the stop. Walk all the way to the rock wall after you get through the cave.

[Amelia, 05/18/2022]

Tunnel.

Belly of the Dragon

Cave that goes underneath the highway.

[JJ, 06/17/2021]

The "cave" is a manmade tunnel dug in the 20th century as a floodwater culvert under US Highway 89. It has since been eroded into something natural-looking and photogenic. Don't go when it's raining.


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