Emerald Pools Trail System


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Distance: 1.2 - 3 miles (round trip), depending on route
Trail type: Loop
Elevation Change: 69 - 350 feet, depending on chosen route
Duration: 0.5 - 2 hours
Difficulty rating: Easy - Moderate

One of Zion’s most popular hikes, the Emerald Pools Trail System is a showcase of ponds, waterfalls, streaked rock overhangs, lush greenery, including ferns, moss, and columbines, as well as spectacular views of Zion Canyon’s towering rock monoliths. Hikers can choose to make the lower and middle pools trails a two-mile loop, or extend the hike by one mile by ascending to the upper pool, the largest of the three. The trail begins directly across from Zion Lodge and links to the Kayenta Trail, which connects to the Grotto Picnic Area. The Lower Emerald Pools Trail is handicap accessible.

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