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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

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#5 of 12 in Nature in Zion National Park
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). Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Emerald Pools by using our Zion National Park itinerary tool .
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  • The Emerald Pools is an easy enough hike, if you have not time to do or see them you are not missing much  more »
  • We recommend this trail. It is beautiful, well paved and not too strenous. Instead of returning the same way, you can branch of on Kayenta Trail at the lower pool and return via the Grotto Trail or th...  more »
  • Dcgat nature route difficulty. A mild and most of the track is suitable for the whole family. This time of year the amount of water in the rapids.
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Where to stay in Zion National Park

If you want to stay inside Zion National Park, you can choose from three campgrounds or the Zion Lodge, which includes motel rooms, cabins, suites, and a restaurant. Two of the campgrounds sit near the south entrance, while the third lies more isolated about a one-hour drive from Zion Canyon along the Kolob Terrace Road. The gateway town of Springdale just south of the park has a wide range of accommodations. Choose from cozy inns and bed and breakfasts, rustic riverside lodges, and clean and simple motels. If everything's full here, try the nearby towns of Virgin and Hurricane.
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