Emerald Pools

Springdale, Utah 84767

Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools Professional Guide

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"This incredibly popular trail is hiked often because it is short, sweet, and an excellent choice for families or those pressed for time. The three pools along the route—Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald—showcase what a lush riparian area can look like in the desert, making this a welcome refuge on warm days."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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"A network of trails of varied lengths to the Lower, Middle, and/or Upper Emerald Pools." Read more
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
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"There are three Emerald Pools—Upper, Middle, and Lower—and visitors may choose from as many trails: a short, 1.2-mile round-trip loop to the Lower Pool; a 1.9-mile round-trip visit to the Middle and Lower Pools; or a 2.5-mile round-trip hike to all three. The paths to the Lower and Middle Pools are wide sidewalks and easily traveled. The Lower Pool is accessible to people in wheelchairs if they have assistance. The optional trail from the Middle Pool to the Upper Pool is more difficult. This path is no longer maintained and is classified by the National Park Service as strenuous, with its uneven sand and rock surface and moderate to strenuous grade." Read more

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4/25/2018
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4/29/2017
On the weekends the trail is overly crowded which ruins the experience and the beauty. If you want to enjoy this trail or even the park plan it so that you are not in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The views are breathtaking and worth the time to plan a great trip. To read more about our trip check out my blog

Happy Hiking :)
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7/4/2009
If you're looking for a hike for kids, this is a great one. I know, "kids" is a relative term so consider the following...If you're taking kids under 5, I would recommend having an adult for each child. If you're taking kids older then 5 you shouldn't have a problem. Don't be mislead by the name, the pools are 'emerald' because of the algea in them, not because they are deep and green. The trail is on the west side of the canyon, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning and early afternoon. The best time to be on this trail is in the morning before May 15th and after Sep 15th or in the late afternoon from May 15th to Sep 15th. If you're a well traveled hiker looking for a challenge, I would skip the pools and consider doing Angles Landing or The Narrows. If you're looking for something for young children head up the canyon to Riverside Walk. Have Fun!
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8/20/2008
Not as exciting as hyped. Short walk with partial view of the Zion valley. The pools were not 'emerald' but just a puddle.
Great for a family stroll but don't expect too much.
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3/18/2008
We hiked these trails early in the season. This is probably one of the busiest trails at Zion, so hike it early in the day if you want to avoid the crowds. Try taking the loop going left to Middle Pool first, also to avoid the crowds, who seem to prefer the clockwise route. Good spot for a lunch break behind the Middle Pool area. Upper Pool was crowded with college kids. Incredibly, people with strollers trying to navigate the mud and rocks through Lower Pool trail loop. What a mess.
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4/21/2006
A nice, easy hike for families. Would recommend taking the trail to the middle pool all the way up to the upper pool and then down to the lower pool for an easier loop. The Angel's Landing hike is the best at Zion; this is a good preparatory hike!
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9/9/2004
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9/7/2004
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8/18/2004
My wife and I hiked to the upper pool from the grotto trailhead. This is a far less traveled part of the trail. Much more so than the busy trail leading from the Zion Logde. However, it was equally easy. Most of the trail is flat, following the base of the mountains, along side the Virgin River. The last .3 mile is were the trail gets a little steeper. However, in my opinion it was well worth it. The (Upper Pools Trail) ends right at the base of the mountain, in an area that can only be described as a natural ampitheater. Water trickles from the rocks, and flows into a fairly large pool. The pool is about 1/2 the size as an olypmic swimming pool, depending on the time of year. Coming from the top pool, it's quite easy to hit the other two on your way down. We completed the loop, ending at the Zion Lodge. It should be noted that rattlesnakes do inhabit the Zion Canyon region. We had one (about three feet long) cross the trail about 10 feet in front of us. So make sure to keep your eyes open. I would recommend this trail to anyone. If your looking for an even bigger challenge, do this trail in sequence with the Angel's Landing Trail (total length approx. 7 miles)
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7/5/2004
Easy walk to the lower and middle pools. More strenuous to the upper pool. Beautiful and partially shaded, this hike can be done at any time during the day. Watch out for the little critters, they'll steal your food given the opportunity.
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Trail Information

Springdale
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
2.2
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1- 2 hours
Duration
Spring-fall
Season
Zion National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Temple of Sinawava
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