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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

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Lush green gardens hang off sandstone cliffs, giving Emerald Pools their name. Nestled deep within a canyon inside Zion National Park, the pools feature vegetation of moss and ferns that flank the side of the pool, which is fed by the trickling water sprayed from the falls. A 1.6 km (1 mi) trail initially runs along the river, taking you through forests and waterfalls to the lower pool, which is a 45.7 m (150 ft) ascent. From the lower pool, you can choose from a number of more challenging paths that ascend to the middle and upper pools via a looped-track. Be aware that climbing to the upper pool requires a 106.7 m (350 ft.) ascent. The final stretch is hotter and drier, but can take you to cliffs spanning 91 m (300 ft). To visit Emerald Pools and get the most from your holiday in Zion National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Zion National Park vacation trip planner.
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  • Best hike for all ages. We went with my 7 year old daughter and with her 66 year old grandma. We had an amazing time. Our lodge was perfectly situated to go on all the hikes. Love the place 
  • We completed the trail up to Emerald pools on our last day in the park and I'm glad we didn't make this a priority. It's beautiful but very overcrowded which takes away from the attraction and doesn't...  more »
  • I gentle but quite long uphill route brings you to the Emerald Pools, so called because of the algae that grows in them (although they didn't seem all that green when we were there)