Emerald Pools Trail

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Emerald Pools Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December.

2.1 miles 436 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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!

hiking
3 hours ago

Awesome hiking. Easy and end up in a beautiful water fall.

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13 days ago

Very peaceful and relaxing. Perfect hike to just get warmed up or to cool down from the day.

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15 days ago

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21 days ago

We hiked this last January. We only saw two other people during our hike. The pool wasn't apparent when we went but the waterfall still ran. It's a straightforward trail with a fork to go to the upper or lower falls. I can see this as a popular trail during peak season. Nice loop to explore the park at a ground level.

22 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Fun easy hike.

27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

A little crowded and doesn't offer the views of some others in Zion. The Upper Pool waterfall was a great end to the trail.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Maybe it isn't the grandest hike in Zion's, but the pools are beautiful the small waterfall is welcome and warmer days.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

A very popular hike to three pretty pools in a lush side canyon not far from the Lodge. Benefiting from a late arrival on our first day, we managed to squeeze in the full hike just before sunset. It was a beautiful time to experience it. It's an easy walk to the Lower Pool. It is a short but more moderate hike on the way up to the final two pools. I really enjoyed exploring the middle section (right above the two waterfalls spilling into the Lower Pool). The view of the late day light hitting the massive walls on the opposite side of the main canyon was very memorable. We also had a lot of fun climbing numerous rocks/boulders by the Upper Pool, surrounded by the 300 foot cliffs. Due to the late hour, we made it back to the Lodge by retracing our path. However, you can add some distance and create a very nice loop by adding the Kayenta and Grotto Trails on the return.

hiking
2 months ago

From the Groto parking area this
moderate hike gives views of the canyon while overlooking the Virgin River. I did this in early January and the waterfall above the upper Emerald pool had a wonderful flow forming an ice cone where it landed. I would do this one again.