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Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

#5 of 15 in Nature in Zion National Park
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Waterfall
Lush green gardens hang off sandstone cliffs, giving Emerald Pools their name. 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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  • This is a nice hike and so convenient if you’re staying at the Lodge. We made a loop out of it from the Lodge, walking to Lower Emerald Pool, then up to see the Upper Emerald Pool, and then back...  more »

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