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Kayenta Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until October.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 419 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Walking River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Rocky No dogs
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Getting There

Lots of facilities located at the Zion Lodge

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward to the visitor center and park your car. Board the Zion shuttle and take it to The Grotto approximately five miles north in Zion Canyon. The trail begins on the western side of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

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Mark Sygrove
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Gwendolyn Castro
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the trail is partially covered and the first part is a but steep but doable. you are surrounded by the big red rocks. make sure you have a nice shady hat and lots of water

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Kim Suchy
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Hi! I’m looking to purchase 3 shuttle tickets for (tomorrow) 9/13. Please email me if you have anything! suchykm@gmail.com - Kim

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Nathan Dawson
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I would suggest to start on the Groto and then go onto the lower, middle and upper pools trails and then get on the Kayenta trail to end up back at the shuttle. If you do this hike then it is pretty awesome.

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Darrin Desilva
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Austin Smith
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Fun trail to access the upper emerald pool. Get there early, parking was full by 6:45am the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

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Tiffany Gale
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This was one of my favorite trails in the park! Amazing views! It ends at the emerald pool which was frozen but it was still a lovely spot to end. Ice chunks were falling off the top of the mountain onto the frozen lake which was exhilarating to see so I recommend to NOT be one of those people that walk onto the frozen pool to take a picture.

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Brent Beatty
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Relatively easy trail to get to Upper Emerald Pools. Nothing too difficult about the trail. I’m sure the payoff is better in warmer parts of the year but it was still a good hike. Saw some deer up close that made the experience that much better.

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Kevin Holmes
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Used this to get to the Upper Emerald Pools. Gradual incline and great views throughout. Pretty crowded even in December.

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Mark Hollobaugh
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Outstanding weather in the upper50’s-warming to 60’s for this hike to upper emerald pool. Some great views with some fall color looking down on the virgin river as you ascend to the upper pool. The lower was closed. Moderate traffic. Not much water in the pool but a nice shady cool spot for a lunch break.

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Josh Shouppe
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Beautiful and great views. Definitely heavily trafficked.

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Paula Gilly Robinette
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Did this to get to upper pools.

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Crystal Koenig
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Beautiful but crowded.

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William Morse
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Fun trail to the upper emerald pool. A little scrambling on some of the rocks but still a cool hike.

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Shayan Saeed
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The trail connection to lower pool is closed so you have to do it as an out and back. Gorgeous views throughout the trail for such an easy climb.

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Wendy Kuceyeski
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No one was on the Sand Bench Trail from Zion Lodge to the Court of the Patriarchs. Great quiet trail with great views!

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Brent Huff
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We did Kayenta trail to Upper Emerald Pool. This is a pretty crowded tra.

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Liz Otteson
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Heavily trafficked, but a nice short, easy hike with good views.

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Masha Gutman
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We did the hike in the beginning of October and proceeded to the upper emerald pools. Quite an easy hike - there's nice view of the valley in the beginning of the hike, the upper emerald pools were disappointing.

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Dotan Knaan
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A new section was opened today so the trail is now around 1 mile in each direction. Great afternoon trip when the sun is hidden behind the mountains. Could be too hot in the middle of the day.

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Carly Schaechter
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An underrated trail IMO. Even though upper emerald pools are currently closed we still did the part of this trail that we could and were not disappointed. Great views of the river, canyons and beautiful vegetation as you head up.

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Michelle L
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We did the part that is currently open (0.8 miles). It was a nice, quiet hike. Good views of the Virgin River and many peaks.

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Peter K.
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From the Angels Landing trailhead at the Grotto you can hike 0.8 miles of this. It’s a pretty little trail, and after the crowds on Angels Landing, the solitude of a quiet hike felt wonderful. Worth it just for a moment of contemplation if nothing else.

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Brian Billings
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Not too challenging. Majestic views! Hike follows the Virgin river. Passed a waterfall that was flowing despite no recent rain. Take the emerald pools trail for an added challenge.

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Eric Thornton
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We created a loop by combining the Kayenta Trail and Grotto Trail, while visiting the lower, middle and upper pools. Just short of 4 miles. Great views and experience for the whole family.

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Sara Stenger
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I definitely recommend starting with this trail for some rad views of the park. This trail in connection with upper and lower emerald pools made for a decent hike. Kayenta was my favorite part though.

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jolly negi
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Took this to go to upper emerald pool and came down the emerald pool trail. Pretty views all the way to the top. Middle pool was disappointing but upper pool was nice especially with some rocks to scramble on.

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Craig Strand
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We took this back from Emerald pools as well. It was a great way to see more of the landscapes of Zion, rather than doing an out and back.

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Pand Cake
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easy hike with wonderful views and a few surprising features along the way, took this trail to the lower emerald pools. definitely a high traffic trail.

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