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Many Pools Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 544 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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A nice moderate unmaintained trail on the East side of Zion, especially in winter when many other canyons and trails are full of snow and ice. Many Pools offers the beginner hiker (and family) a glimpse into how wind and water create slot canyons. Sometimes this hike is referred to as the "East Root Canal" because of the shape on a topographical map. Park at the parking area with the portable toilets. Cross the road and walk up it (northeast) until a faint trail descends to the wash bottom. Go as far as you like. There are several dryfalls, but all have routes around them, usually to the left. The canyon is generally open and sunny; there is not a real slot canyon until over a mile up. If you continue up around the slot section, you can (after much bushwacking) climb out of the canyon and connect with the Deertrap Mountain Trail, but this upper portion of the trail is strenuous and not for beginners or families.

Drive along the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, heading east from the small tunnel there is a large pull-out .8 miles from the end of the small tunnel on a large turn in the road where you park. Continue on foot 150 yards up the road (east) as of this writing it is at the end of the asphalt curb & gutter, just before you come to the next turn in the road, cross to the other side and drop down into the bowl on the north side of SR-9. Be very careful crossing the road as it is a blind curve and any car will not see you. Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility. No Permit Required Bring a good camera. Also it is best to view Many Pools in the Spring or just after a Summer rain. Be careful of the slick rock as the moss becomes very slick after receiving moisture.

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Haley Hansen
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Todd Heron
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Hiking

Great hike! It was us and the two bighorn sheep watching from the high-ground to the East. Pretty much dry except for a single pool supporting several dozen tadpoles. Nice easy climb with some options to scramble.

Drew B.
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Great trail for kids to explore, climb, and enjoy a completely remote area of Zion. We had the trail all to ourselves, and as you keep climbing you can then around for some great views and picture spots.

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Honnie Bermas
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Other people’s driving directions are good - but finding the beginning of the trail from the parking area is a bit befuddling.of note, When we were there, 2 port-o-potties were there. Coming from Zion, If you walk along the edge of the parking lot, UP THE ROAD, you will see an un-marked trail which leads down to a red-rock wall. Walk along the red-rock wall (again, direction away from Zion), you will find a cool tunnel which safely allows you to cross under the road and leads you right to the Many Pools wash. It was a SUPER cool hike, with VERY few people, which was a welcome change from Zion. Took us about 2 hours following the river bed, loved the pools with tadpoles and awesome rock formations created by the water long ago. Hiking is mostly on slick rock. Keep going until it becomes narrow, right after a very short ‘slot canyon’ segment (here we headed back). Exposed sun the whole way.

Robie Tyler
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Great hike! Even on a busy Memorial Day weekend we only saw one other group (although the parking lot was full?). You can also take a trail that goes to the right after the parking lot to the East and it cuts in a cool tunnel under the road! We found it on our way back out. It was a temperate day with a nice breeze but no shade so I would not do this on a hot day with no recent rain. Unfortunately most of the pools were almost gone so just tadpoles and nasty water but we will definitely go back if there was more water!

Hannah Berke
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Keto Diabeto
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Hiking

Great trail for my wife and I and our 5 kids (Ages: 11,9,7,4,2). We explored all the way up and down. Still plenty of water holes.

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Derek Bierd
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Only a few of the pools were full (May 2020) but still worth the hike. Only went about halfway and turned back. Stunning views.

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Morley Baker
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Hiking

Perfect weather and a perfect hike for a family. Plenty of water coming through made for a lot of great pools.

Nicholas Dobis
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Hiking

Awesome Trail. We went in March when the many pools were filled with water. The landscape is full of incredible geology and if you’re lucky you’ll run into the sheep. Not as many people on this trail compared to the trails in the Zion valley. I would say this is one of the more underrated trails/areas of the park. Highly recommended.

Bryce Church
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This was beautiful and we saw as many bighorn sheep as we did other people

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Chip Webb
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We really enjoyed this hike. There is not a marked trail, you just follow the water up the Canyon. It was not very crowded, we passed a few people in the beginning, but did not see anyone once we passed the halfway mark. Lots of path finding and a moderate climb. Amazing how the canyon changes as you get higher.

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Skye Young
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Saw one family on the trail, otherwise it was nice to have it all to ourselves. No actual trail - used the AllTrails tracker to make sure we didn’t get lost. Beautiful views for such a crowd less trail.

Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

Many pools... for pictures and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

Daniel Welch
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Not much water there in mid-February, but gorgeous rock formations. Can't wait to go back when the water is higher.

Bj Jacquot
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Hiking

Great trail very dry right now but incredible views. Well worth doing. When you park if you go to the right and go up the river bottom from there you can go through the tunnel that takes you under the road then continue up to the pools

Dan M.
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Great short trail! Not really well marked but easy to follow the path of the water and plenty of footsteps too. One or two photogenic pools and some great views of Deertrap Mtn about half way in. Didn’t go to the very end, just the alcove. Very quiet and peaceful. No shade.

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Anthony Chapman
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Not really a trail, but it’s easy to tell where you need to go. Not crowded at all and some cool features made it a nice hike. Saw a large group of big horn sheep as well. Overall nice short hike.

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Chris Brosky
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Great little trail with nany, many pools as advertised. Definitely a great hike with awesome scenery that is not at all crowded. We only saw one other person this entire hike.

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Kelsey Abert
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Sam T.
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Nice hike along the canal, good intro hike.

Brandon Plewe
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Hands down, the best dead-of-winter hike in the park! Sunny, very little snow, and absolutely beautiful. Water was actually flowing in the middle, which is rare for the many times I've hiked it. I actually saw 4 other groups during my 2 hours here, which is more than any other East Zion canyons, but still much better than the zoo down in the main canyon. Unfortunately, the slot canyon up at the top (and the bypass route) had too much snow to be any fun.

Nicole Moreno
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Laura Hartle @thelaurtle
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Awesome little hike, gorgeous with light snow. Lots of water in the pools. Great views.

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