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Hiking Emerald Pools - Zion Hiking Emerald Pools

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TICKS & TODOS: 2 Todo Lists / 2 Ticks
RATING: Easy Hike
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Temple of Sinawava, UT;
Fri Hi:86 Lo:45 Sat Hi:82 Lo:44 Sun Hi:80 Lo:46 Mon Hi:73 Lo:44 Tue Hi:66 Lo:41
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One of the more popular trails in Zion, Emerald Pools is one I would highly recommend as a first hike in the park. From the trailhead, the trail visits several Emerald Pools, as well as waterfalls that connect the pools. The short distance and easy walking make this a good family outing as well.

The main destination is the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfall. I would recommend most to continue to the Upper Emerald Pool. The upper pool is situated in a towering sandstone amphitheater that is dazzling.

Like all popular park trails, this one is crowded. It gets morning/afternoon sun and evening shade. If visiting in the summer, an evening or early morning visit is perfect. In the winter, morning and afternoon offer great light.

Getting There

The trailhead is the Zion Lodge Shuttle stop in the main Zion canyon. During spring, summer, and fall months, the Zion shuttle is the only way to access the trailhead. If the shutte isn't running, park at the lodge.


The hike can be started at the Zion Lodge, or the Grotto Trailhead just up the road from the Lodge. If starting from the Lodge, the trail to the lower pool is shorter (0.6 miles one way). From the Grotto trailhead, it is about a mile one way. Once at the lower pool, add another 0.6 miles one way to the Upper Emerald Pool.

My recommendation is to start at the Grotto Trailhead, go left after crossing the bridge. Follow this to the Upper Emerald Pools, then return via the Lower Emerald Pools and Lodge Trailhead. This makes for a nice hike with a little bit more distance to it.

Families or those with less motivation will enjoy an out-and-back hike to the Lower Emerald Pool from from the Lodge Trailhead.


Printable Maps:
Grotto Trailhead

12S 326960mE 4125417mN

N37° 15' 33" W112° 57' 05"

Lodge Trailhead

12S 326349mE 4124506mN

N37° 15' 03" W112° 57' 29"

Lodge Bridge Jct

12S 326238mE 4124530mN

N37° 15' 04" W112° 57' 33"

Grotto Bridge Jct

12S 326943mE 4125497mN

N37° 15' 36" W112° 57' 06"

Lower Pool

12S 325955mE 4125208mN

N37° 15' 26" W112° 57' 45"

Upper Junction

12S 325943mE 4125260mN

N37° 15' 28" W112° 57' 46"

Upper Pool

12S 325585mE 4125234mN

N37° 15' 26" W112° 58' 00"


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