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Address: Zion National Park, UT

A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.

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Worth visiting but not the main attraction

We completed the trail up to Emerald pools on our last day in the park and I'm glad we didn't make this a priority. It's beautiful but very overcrowded which takes away from the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Helen G
Ocean, New Jersey
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was overcast and a little rainy the day we arrived but the hike was still really nice. It's an easy hike with lovely views and getting close to the waterfall is fun. Great views. Think it took us two hours altogether.

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a moderate hike, but worth it if you are somewhat physically fit. The scenery is just beautiful and takes ~ 1 1/2 hrs to walk. You can walk by the upper pools and the lower pools. Make sure to have good shoes and water with you!

Thank Vicki C
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One way to access the Emerald Pools is across from Zion Lodge. However, we visited in February and that route was closed because of land/snow-slides. Our only choice was to hit the Kayenta Trail and then join the Upper Emerald Pools Trail. There are three pools - lower, middle and upper. Visit all three if you can -- and they... More 

Thank IdahoGirl83716
Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good hike that's not too strenuous. We used the grotto parking lot and trailhead access. Hiked to lower middle and upper pools. Some stair climbing but not too many. Amazing views around every corner.

Thank chrishyche
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The emerald pools are a destination as part of the Kayenta Trail. Which leaves near shuttle bus stop 6. It's about 1.5 miles one way, with moderate level of difficulty. When we did the walk I saw people of all ages doing it, including families with young children. As long as your sensible the trail is safe for all. There... More 

Thank Wayne N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Best hike for all ages. We went with my 7 year old daughter and with her 66 year old grandma. We had an amazing time. Our lodge was perfectly situated to go on all the hikes. Love the place

Thank jolieee
Ocean, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We completed the trail up to Emerald pools on our last day in the park and I'm glad we didn't make this a priority. It's beautiful but very overcrowded which takes away from the attraction and doesn't allow you to appreciate it. Again we were there relatively early and it was crowded full of people. This is one of the... More 

Thank Helen G
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I gentle but quite long uphill route brings you to the Emerald Pools, so called because of the algae that grows in them (although they didn't seem all that green when we were there)

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

nice route but nothing special upstairs. I visited lower, medium and upper pools. The trail is easy. There were also people with about 10 year old children

Thank Piotr H
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The walk itself is nice enough but if you want amazing views there are other walks you can do. It's good for families as it's not strenuous. The hike up to the middle and upper pools is a bit more difficult with stairs and uneven surfaces. I didn't think it was really worth it the time of year I went... More 

Thank Madienne C

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