Emerald Pools Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 646 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

As of October 2019, there is rockfall damage closing part of the Emerald Pools Trail. This also affects the Weeping Rock Trail, Hidden Canyon Trail, and Observation Point Trail (from Weeping Rock). These closures are indefinite at this time. You will need to do this hike as an out and back. Check the NPS site for up to date information. A paved trail to Lower Emerald Pool and from there a sandy and rocky trail to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. Trail starts from Zion Lodge, crosses bridge and paved trail leads to the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls - there are multiple pools here. From there a sandy and rocky trail climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. Interesting statistic - more people have been killed on this trail than any other trail in the park - even Angel's Landing, so be careful! NOTE: Portions of this trail often close in winter due to falling ice. As of February 2020, the main trail is still closed, but the Upper Emerald Pool is still accessible.

hiking
4 days ago

nice walk up to the Emerald Pools. safe enough for younger kids. several good views along the way.

hiking
12 days ago

Have hiked in early July 2017 and late May 2019. Trails were closed in May but the waterfalls were brilliant. In July waterfalls were dried out and trail was hot but there is shade along the way. Good for a short afternoon hike.

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rocky
15 days ago

The pools were not what I was expecting and half of the trail is closed. But did have some good views following Kayenta up to it. Had some large rocks to sit on. Nowhere near my favorite hike in Zion.

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rocky
18 days ago

Great trail for a hike and scene capturing. set your expectations low on the pools. For the trail distance and level I guess I expected a lot more. If you go to the lower level pools might as well go to the upper ones, it's a lot more to see. Water is suuuper cold but if you dont mind you may get wet. It's about 3 1/2 miles round trip going up hill and downhill and sometimes even steep stairs all throughout. Its a great exercise for sure and beautiful sceneries.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trek up past water falls and bridges... a winding path with a beautiful apex:? A cool refreshing glade with calm pools, and dozens of weary hikers enjoying a deserved rest. It’s hard to push away from the special place atop this trail, but a beautiful hike down too. It’s cool to hike the west canyon wall above the serene Virgin River below, looking down at the flats is almost like looking down upon a well cultivated orchard, but indeed it is truly mother nature’s wilderness.

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washed out
3 months ago

Easy hike. Water fall is non existent but it's still worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The main trail is currently closed but the Upper Emerald Pool is still accessible. Easy Hike which leads to a cool spot with awesome views.

hiking
4 months ago

Not sure of the status now, hiked in August 2019. Fun trail for families or those who do not hike. Paved up to the end ~ that is because rock fall closed the rest. Waterfall is the cherry on top at the end. For pictures and information of this trail and many more in the area follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

hiking
4 months ago

Easy to travel, lots of people. The waterfall is non existent in the winter. None the less satisfying.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike with nice waterfall views.

hiking
5 months ago

accessible and easy trial for some fun waterfalls.

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muddy
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Did this hike around Christmas. Had recently snowed in the higher elevations and the waterfalls were magnificent.

hiking
5 months ago

Hello from Utah Mike! This is a great trail for all hikers. It is a good one for the very fit that want to trail run to the top. The less athletic can just take their time and stay away from the places you might slip and be injured! Most of Zion NP is better when not seen during the busy times of the year so December hiking in Zion is great!

Reference my 3 star review are beautiful hikes and worth doing. 4s and 5s are reserved for the most amazing hikes. This was worth the views and who doesn't like a water fall!

hiking
6 months ago

Ok trail. Nothing spectacular. We did it after Angels Landing.

6 months ago

This is a good trail to hit early in the morning to avoid the crowds. The trip to the Upper Emerald Pool is a bit steep with some high steps. Pretty sandy and rocky which can easily tweak a knee or an ankle. As with any busy trail, you're going to find a jerk or two doing stupid stuff. Please don't throw rocks into the pool and leave your bluetooth speaker at home. I promise, you can hike without music.

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muddy
6 months ago

Been here 3 times already and still love it. It’s a busy trail but would definitely recommend it for families.

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blowdown
6 months ago

The busy trail has a major blow-out closure just above the lower Emerald Pool. One sign mentioned that the entire trail was closed, and folks coming down told us the trail was open. The sign should have been more descriptive.

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off trail
6 months ago

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flooded
icy
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Steep and higher elevations, easier hike but still very beautiful going up a steep trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Went to the middle pool only but the views throughout were gorgeous.

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