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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). 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Heaven on Earth? Almost. In all cases, this park is one of my top 3 (with Bryce canyon and Monument Valley). We arrived around noon, too late to be able to do several hikes. We first had to find a place (not easy at that time) in the parking lot of the Visitor Center to take the mandatory moniute for travel in the Park. We did the Emerald Pool trail. It is beautiful and pretty easy. Provide good shoes market however. The landscapes are fabulous and Heavenly indeed.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We had seen great photos on this place. We then begin the walk (2 hours ROUND-TRIP) to reach emerald pools. Pretty ballad with a view magnificent but once arrived we discover a small body of water where it is forbidden to bathe. Many people of course (we're in August) share the same disappointment.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Perfect hike for your arrival day when you set out at 4 pm on a summers eve! About a 2 hour round trip to the highest pool.  more »

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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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