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A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
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Zion National Park, UT

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The hike to the lower pools was definitely worth it, although the falls were just a trickle in early June. It took another half hour to reach the upper pools. The path is steep and narrow and there were too many people--heading up and coming...More

Thank Lynette796
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this hike with my husband and 2 kids, 7 and 10 years old. My 7 year old made it to the first pool and wanted to go back. It wasn't "pooly" enough for him and it definitely wasn't emerald when we saw it!...More

1  Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used this easy trail to acclimate to Zion. We got use to the shuttles, how to ride back, and deal with many, many people. We typically hike early, but the family was wounded in many ways, so we started late (9am) on this hike....More

1  Thank Leslie F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We choose to walk to the lower pools so the round trip was around 1 hour. A paved path but a little steep in places. If you decide to go right down to the pools you will get very wet from the waterfall. Very busy...More

1  Thank johncb7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we went, unfortunately it had not rained (significant) in a few weeks, and then the pools (upper and lower Emerald) and waterfalls (lower) are fun to see, but not spectacular. You really go uphill (remember also downhill on the way back) over some rough...More

Thank DutchTX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We talked to a Ranger before taking the hike and did what she suggested which was fantastic. Go to shuttle stop #6 and start by going up to the Upper Pool, which we thought was very pretty. It is a pool right at the bottom...More

2  Thank Mindy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walk, requires a bit of challenging walking at the end, quite rocky and rough. The pools are amazing. There were lots of flowering plants, great views.

Thank Pava1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hike to the three emerald pools is one of the reasons Zion is a great hiking park. It is less strenuous than the hike to Angel's Landing. Take your water and sunscreen stop to look around, vistas constantly switch at Zion. Hiking here is...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice hike on a very busy weekend at Zion. Our initial objective was the lower pool but with a couple of enthusiastic 20-somethings in our group this 50-something got a good workout. I'm glad I wore my good hiking boots and was surprised at the...More

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trail has three levels: lower, middle, and upper. Lower is paved and great for small children. Middle and Upper pools get a little more rugged. While our 6 year old made it all the way to the upper - we were definitely anxious at times...More

Thank Megan C
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Malinda H
Do I have to have a guid to take these hikes in Zion park? Such as The Narrows, The subway, the Emerald pools
8 May 2017|
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Response from travelerscal | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need a guide for these hikes. (I don't know about The subway). For Narrows you might need some equipment that you can rent near the entrance to the Park. Emerald Pools is an easy hike if you start from the... More
Hi, I'm planning a return trip here at the end of summer. 5 yrs ago I did the Narrows and it was fantastic, but tiring then. I'm 60 now and my hips are riddled with arthritis, never know if I'll have a good day or a bad one. However I'm determined to hike, albeit slowly, in Zion again. Want to see the emerald pools, so, any suggestions on the best route? I do best on level surfaces, but will happily do inclines or steps as long as I can go slow, stop from time to time. I'm determined and will be bringing along hiking poles. Thanks!
29 May 2016|
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Response from nancym290 | Reviewed this property |
I think it will depend on your ability and determination. I am 61 and have a bad knee but I am in good shape otherwise. I took lots of breaks and my daughter helped me down the steeper parts of the upper pool trail (going... More