Emerald Pools Trail

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Emerald Pools Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Zion Lodge, 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.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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!

18 hours ago

This was our fist hike in Zion. We made our way back by Kayenta Trail to the Grotto trail. It was a fun hike and the snow made it even more interesting. Easy first day hike.

20 hours ago

We did this trail as our first hike in Zion. It was very pretty but very busy. We saw both the Lower and Upper Emerald Pools. We talked with a park ranger who was hiking the trail at the same time as we were. He suggested taking the Kayenta Trail after the pools and then the Grotto Trail to make a beautiful loop.

2 days ago

Great warm up for a day of hiking!

8 days ago

Took this trail up and continued onto the Kayenta trail. Very beautiful and an easy walk. I even did it with my 10 month old in his jogging stroller. Handled the bumps and rocks just fine. The inclines weren’t a problem either. A few parts we had to lift the stroller up and down some rocky steps. But didn’t slow us down at all. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
11 days ago

2/6

hiking
30 days ago

nice views,but overcrowded

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike start our weekend!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy trail. Very relaxing. Almost like a spa treatment.

1 month ago

It was very steep at some points but my 6 year old did it no problem also I saw a lot of 60+ on the trail so I’d say do it and bring water and snacks when you get to the waterfalls it becomes so worth it

hiking
1 month ago

getting to the lower pool is pretty easy, the hike up to the middle and upper pools was well worth the extra effort!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice warm up hike. Would have given it a 5 star but the falls where not running so it just didnt have the same luster as the time we hiked it in March.

Worth while hike.

1 month ago

It’s a nice easy hike...

1 month ago

Beautiful walk!

2 months ago

Great walk

2 months ago

I went all the way to the upper pool, but don't think it was that great. It might be better if the pool and waterfalls are not dried up.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty cool but like everything in Zion, it was a little crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

So much fun. The second pool was the best one

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with some elevation gain. My first grader did it just fine. Upper pool worth the hike. Beautiful canyon views on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick hike to do after we came to Zion and set up our tent. The trail is completely paved and easy to follow. Views are good, but the pools looked pretty dried up!

3 months ago

Busy, but an excellent, short hike. Trail to the lower pools is paved and easy. The trail afterwards, to the upper pool, is a bit more uneven, but excellent anyway!

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