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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Waterfall
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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  • Too many people and rather mucky when water level down. The lowest pool and waterfall was still lovely, the upper two not so much. The uppermost was extremely crowded, people eating, some walking...  more »
  • We hiked all three pools. We liked the lower pools the best with the little water fall. The upper pool had a nice canyon view. Bring plenty of water!  more »
  • This hike is along the ridge of the mountain with wonderful views of the valley. The hike starts out easier and gets more strenuous after each pool! The pools this time of year are not very...  more »

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