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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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  • Having been sick the previous day we ditched our plans to take to the Observation Point trail and instead took things in small steps ending up in combining several of the shorter trails. Also we found...  more »
  • We have visited the Emerald Pools in September, so there wasn't really mich water in them. Therefore we didn't really see any waterfalls. The hike itself was very easy and short. Maybe everything look...  more »
  • We opted for the shorter hike to Lower Emerald Pools, one January morning. The hike was fairly easy until we got to the rock overhang above the pools. At that point, the small waterfall, landed on the...  more »

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