Emerald Pools consists of three separate hikes that can be linked together or enjoyed separately. The route includes Lower Emerald Pools, Middle Emerald Pools, and Upper Emerald Pools. All of the trails lead to trickling waterfalls and smooth, gorgeous pools of water, which are even more impressive after a rainstorm. These hikes are mostly family-friendly, easily accessible, and showcase the beauty of Zion National Park.
Address: Zion Lodge Visitor Rd S, Hurricane, UT 84737
Park at the lodge or take the shuttle to the lodge. The trail begins across the main road.
- Lower Emerald Pools is easily accessible. It is stroller and family friendly. It is only 70 feet of elevation change to reach the Lower pools and 1.2 miles round-trip. This trail follows the canyon bottom and leads to the cliff face with water falling down.
- Middle Emerald Pools has 150 feet elevation change and is 2 miles round-trip. This hike is moderately strenuous. This route leads to small streams and an amazing pool that looks down on the lower pools. This portion can be accessed from the Grotto Via Kayenta Trail.
- Upper Emerald Pools is 350 feet elevation change and 3 miles round-trip. This hike is considered strenuous. These pools are large with an impressive high waterfall to reward hikers. This trail is steep and sandy.
- Dogs are not welcome on this trail.
- There are restrooms and drinking water facilities at the Emerald Pools Trail Parking lot.
- There are no fees or permits required for this particular trail, however, there is an entrance fee into Zion National Park. Check out this website for details.