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.
Create an itinerary including Emerald Pools
Emerald Pools reviews
We started at the Zion Lodge and ended up doing all three, lower, upper and middle. All three took about an hour. Most of the trail is easy, with a couple of spots moderate. You will need at least... more »
We are not very outdoorsy and definitely aren't hikers, and we only wanted to spend <1.5 hours on our last day so we hit the Lower Pool trail. It's more like a (paved) walk in the park along a quiet.... more »
I've lived in St. George for 20 + years and it's amazing to see how this trial has changed when a landslide affected it and the park work diligently to restore this trail. Absolutely one of my favorite trails. Lots of good memories here. Leave no trace friends!
Great hike! Not much water flowing but worth getting outside. The trail was very crowded. Please consider liking my pictures and review. Check me out at Jeff Mullins Photography Adventures. Get Your Hike On!
Plan your trip to Zion National Park
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Zion National Park
Hidden gems in Zion National Park
Nature in Zion National Park
Trails in Zion National Park
Side trips from Zion National Park
Trips to Emerald Pools by other users
51 days in Utah BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA Moab Canyonlands National Park Monument Valley 7 days in Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Zion National Park 8 days in Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Zion National Park Zion Shuttle Zion Canyon Scenic Drive 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Las Vegas Zion National Park Bryce Canyon National Park 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE Grand Canyon National Park Yellowstone National Park Yosemite National Park 7 days in Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES The Narrows Zion National Park Watchman Trail