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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

(3.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We are not avid hikers so we decided to walk from the Grotto on the Kayenta Trail to the lower Emerald Pool. The hike is just at 1 mile but the scenery that way was just breathtaking. You hike up alon...  more »
  • The shuttle is a great way to see the park. They run every 15 minutes. There are 9 stops that you can get on & off. Get to the park early to avoid long lines & hike while it's cooler.  more »
  • The lower Emerald Pool trail was closed off due to rock slides, but the Middle and Upper Pool Trails were open. The trail is steep and mostly single lanes each way. There were many children and surpri...  more »