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Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools and Zion Lodge

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Zion National Park

Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools and Zion Lodge is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 580 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

No dogs

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This trail is commonly done as a point-to-point trail in either direction, depending on which shuttle stop you decide to start and end with. You can start or and at either the Grotto or the Zion Lodge shuttle stops. The route follows the Kyenta Trail to the Upper Emerald Pools.

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Reviews (93)
Photos (1290)
Recordings (101)
Completed (529)
Daniel Whithorn
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful views of the valley at the beginning and the upper pool is stunning. Beware of the aggressive squirrels. Good incline the last .5 miles but my pregnant wife conquered it

Douglas Sears
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Hiking

Just the kind of trail we were hoping for. Elevation changed offered a little challenge, but the views were well worth it.

Justin Luthey
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Hiking

The Upper pool is a cool and unique spot. Hike up was unspectacular and the lake level was pretty low. Water was gross looking and I would not recommend swimming. Saw a tiny, harmless snake.

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Jenni B
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Hiking

This was the first hike I did when I was in Zion back in 2015. It was spectacular. So glad to make it up to the top! Walking through the falls was especially nice!

Hefty Hiker
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Hiking

This trail definitely earns the moderate rating. It immediately starts a climb but there are plenty of spots to take breaks and pictures..the trail is nice since it is up and down in elevation. I don’t recall too many spots that are flat...you know when you are getting close to the upper pool as there is a bit of rock stepping to go down and then back up. Kids had no problem with this trail. Steep drop offs and ledges can make a mom nervous. No waterfall, but the pond was cooling and fun for the kids, catch some tadpoles!

Susie Kraft
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Hiking

Great family hike. Made it with a 4,6,9!year old with no problems at all. Can only go to upper and middle. Lower is closed from the the middle pool down. Upper is above and opened still. It took us 2.5 hours but we did take lots of photos along the way and played in the sand and ate some snacks at the upper pool. The pool was frozen but water was falling from the falls. Most people can make the entire hike. It’s .8 miles to the middle pool and then .3 miles uphill to the upper pool. So only 2.2 miles total. Beautiful views along the trail.

Uzma Khan
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Fuko L.
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Lori M
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Hiked 11/14, I suspect the pools are nicer to see in the spring. The hike it self was enjoyable.

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James DiGioia
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Hiking

The upper emerald pools are really beautiful. Unfortunately, the trail to lower emerald is closed. It's still worth doing, but we came back to do the Grotto Trail to Zion Lodge, since Kayenta didn't go all the way.

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Chris Scotti
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temporarily closed due to storm damage

Don Moosekian
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Not easy. Not sure where these ratings come from. The heat, sand, scrambling and grade make this a more moderate trale to hike. For some it is just difficult. It is worth the hike like everywhere in Zion. Did this in 112 degree temps. take lots of water.

Garland Gepner
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Nice relaxing hike. Did it right after Angel's landing do was nice to compare the different view points of the park high and low. Seemed to have less people than many other trails.

Angie Cisneros
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Some of the best views of Zion and a relatively easy hike!! Great for kids

Sandy Reilly
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Josh Weiss
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Hiking

easy but underrated trail to Emerald Pools. Do it!

Tom Lewis
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Hiking

Very enjoyable Trail. A little bit of hiking to get up to the trail, but once there fabulous views down the Valley to the Watchman. Also not crowded when we went. We entered at Kayenta and hiked to the Upper and Lower pools, then to Zion Lodge.

Kyle Tyler
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John Kroeger
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JJ Shaw
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Jessie Woodall
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Brad Ward
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Colin Hennessee
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Matthew Goodman
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Kira Taylor
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Mary M.
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