Many Pools Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews
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Many Pools Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately 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 birding and is accessible year-round.

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

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A nice moderate unmaintained trail on the East side of Zion. 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 "Root Canal" because of the shape on a topographical map. If you continue up the Many Pools Canyon you will (after much bushwacking) connect with the Deertrap Mountain Trail. Be warned that this portion of the trail is considered strenuous and not for beginners or families.

hiking
1 day ago

Short, easy hike. Because of the lack of rain, only three of the pools had water. The tadpoles were large (about the size of a silver dollar) and fun to watch.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a great easy little-used trail outside of the shuttle-only canyon. But finding the trailhead is tricky. You park on the south side of road and follow the trail down, it then goes under the road to head north of the road. Lots of space for kids to climb and roam off trail.

hiking
14 days ago

There is only water in a few of the pools this time of year. Tadpoles were abundant, however. Nice walk up mostly slickrock.

hiking
1 month ago

to start, park at the 2 port a potties, 1 mile east of shorter tunnel. then, either walk east, across the road & go down some overgrown stairs. or, drop down from parking area, turn left, east, follow trail under highway. follow pools up, gorgeous area, 14 sheep, water in at least 20 pools. It rained 3 days ago.

hiking
1 month ago

Really a different view of the park. Saw 1 frog the whole time but a lot of tadpoles in the pools; we could hear the frogs barking their "chorus" but never saw any others. Really amazing what time, water and wind has done with this area. From the porta-potties, head down the embankment and to the east; the trail picks up and comes to a "t". Head left towards the tunnel and follow through.

1 month ago

Very cool hike in an off the beaten area. Lots of frogs, ironically in a desert

1 month ago

One of the highlights of our trip to Utah. Most of the trail wasn’t a trail. Just walk as far back into the canyon then scurry around on the mountain sides to explore. Not a problem getting lost.

hiking
2 months ago

Outstanding hike for families. A little something for all abilities. Great views and spots including water features. Not nearly as crowded as central Zion NP.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike...once you find it! The “direction button” took us to the right parking area, and we didn’t have problems parking even though we were there during spring break....but we arrived around noon. There are port-a-potties in the turnout so people stopped to use them, but didn’t stay long. LOCATING the trail: Once you park, stand in the turnout with your back to the road, the trail is off to the left. Go down the embankment and toward the rock face, then turn left and walk alongside it. There is a short tunnel that goes under the road (it’s not scary for kids). And the trail is pretty easy to follow after that. We had a great time, and only saw 2 other families! We hiked with our 3 kids, 11, 8 and 5. Parts are steep but we all did it with no problem :-)

3 months ago

One of my favorite “trails” in Zion’s. Don’t get too stressed about following a path, just follow the pools and enjoy the unmaintained bliss that is “Many Pools”

7 months ago

We hiked a third of the trail only since there was a big herd of bighorn sheep on the way. We had lunch observing them and then turned away. It's their habitat.

The pools were almost dry but there were tracks to look at. The scenery was still fantastic!

hiking
7 months ago

End of November. Saw 2 other people the entire hike- very much enjoyed the solitude.
Don’t be afraid to venture off trail-left or right you can easily gain some altitude and beautiful views.
All but the deepest pools were dried up this time of year.

7 months ago

Great fun and exploring feeling. Easily would have gotten 5 stars if the poos were full of water and the channel flowing

7 months ago

Saw some mountain sheep which was exciting. Nice there was not a lot of people

hiking
9 months ago

This was by far the best trail and views we saw in ZNP. we were out for about 3 hours and saw more wild life than people. This trail is a must.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Of the hikes that I've taken in eastern Zion this is the only one where I've run into people. This may be because I generally try to go during the week when there's a little fewer people, but it appears to be a popular trail. I counted 109 major pools along the trail (although I may have missed some small ones) and the view at the end is exceptional looking toward Deertrap Mountain Trail (and south, for that matter)! Definitely worth the climb. There are no difficult technical sections to this trail (although a couple sections would be in the class 3 range).

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Very cool off the beaten path trail. We went in the evening and didn't see another person. I imagine this trail would be really cool after a recent run off when polls are full and some of the stream is flowing. The start of the trail can be tricky to find. Park your car and head east. If creek is dry head up the creek bed through the tunnel under the highway. Otherwise you can cross the highway and rejoin the creek bed from there.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Beautiful and interesting.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This was a fantastic trail that is off the beaten path with Zion NP. The directions are wrong, the hike is about a mile east of the second tunnel when one is heading from Springdale. The hike itself is fairly easy if you have shoes with traction as the hike is mostly on slanted rock. The pools are very pretty although the water is pretty stagnant so i would not recommend swimming in them.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

This trail is a hidden treasure of Zion National Park. Not really a trail it's more of an open canyon made of sandstone. Therefore there's a decent amount of rock scrambling, but nothing dangerous about it. That being said, the kids loved this hike more than any other in Zion. The rock scrambling was more like a playground than a hike for the kids.
The trail is appropriately named. There are several dozen pools that all connect to each other and flow slowly from one pool into another. And they are all gorgeous. We also saw a herd of big horn sheep up on the bluffs above us.
FYI, I've only visited this trail once and it was in February when there was snow run-off in the mountains above to supply the pools. I've heard that in the summer the pools become dried up some what and full of pond scum (which doesn't sound as pretty).

Friday, May 27, 2016

Loved the hike! Could have entered where I parked and taken a short trail under the road, looked like many have done that. Saw just a few people, great rocks to hike on somewhat steep at times but only for a short time. Saw a herd of Big Horn sheep that walked right past us.

Monday, April 07, 2014

As a family hike goes, this was pretty great. We were fortunate to have perfect weather and the entire hike was completely ours. Still, for our four kids family (6 to 17), the hike gave everyone great views, some minor scrambling and much to do as we hiked past the many small, but interesting pools.

hiking
Thursday, December 06, 2012

What a great place to take my grand children. They couldn't get enough of it. There is so much to do and see and the views, Wow! we had so much fun playing on the rock and looking at every pool. They didn't want to leave!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Many Pools was my first hike (off the beaten trail) in 2011. Beautiful spring day. I just wish it would have lasted longer!

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