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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

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#5 of 15 in Nature in Zion National Park
Geologic Formation · Waterfall
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Nestled deep within a canyon inside Zion National Park, the pools feature vegetation of moss and ferns that flank the side of the pool, which is fed by the trickling water sprayed from the falls. A 1.6 km (1 mi) trail initially runs along the river, taking you through forests and waterfalls to the lower pool, which is a 45.7 m (150 ft) ascent. From the lower pool, you can choose from a number of more challenging paths that ascend to the middle and upper pools via a looped-track. Be aware that climbing to the upper pool requires a 106.7 m (350 ft.) ascent. The final stretch is hotter and drier, but can take you to cliffs spanning 91 m (300 ft). Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Emerald Pools by using our Zion National Park itinerary tool.
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  • We were in Zion NP on May 3,4 and hiked the Emerald Pool Trail. The hike to the lower pool was enjoyable and had some great sights to see. We went on to the middle and upper pools, these hikes were....  more
    We were in Zion NP on May 3,4 and hiked the Emerald Pool Trail. The hike to the lower pool was enjoyable and had some great sights to see. We went on to the middle and upper pools, these hikes were....  more »
  • Because of the ongoing drought in the west, the pools are not much to behold. They are not "emerald at all; just kind of greyish clear. The trail is probably good early in the morning but you can't....  more
    Because of the ongoing drought in the west, the pools are not much to behold. They are not "emerald at all; just kind of greyish clear. The trail is probably good early in the morning but you can't....  more »
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  • What can I say! It's gorgeous! It's a moderate hike not too bad, at least for me that do hikes. The lower pool is nice but the little water fall is the main attraction. However the upper pool is the real main thing. It's has a bigger waterfall and you can take pictures there. You can enjoy the gorgeous view while hiking. This trail is a loop and it took me around 2hrs to do it.
  • Amazing! amazing! Amazing! It was such a cool hike. It's a little rough not that hard. A little slippery with the slippery ice in this snow. I want to try it out in this summer. I definitely will be back... It's just beautiful something I'm definitely coming back to.

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