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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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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

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 

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 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.

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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 

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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

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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 

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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

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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 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We went up to the Middle pools. Simple hike, some steep sections, but manageable if you do it at a comfortable pace. We liked the views and seeing the fall colours. The 'pools' were a bit underwhelming. So the cliche holds true - it's not the destination but the journey that matters.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Amazing hike, quick, easy, great for kids. Beautiful views of the valley, especially at sunset when the opposite cliffs of the valley are lit up. Each pool is different the higher you go, and the icy, hanging moss/ grasses are eerily beautiful. The frozen rocks/ white ice spectacular as well. Be careful hiking in winter, parts of the trail ice... More 

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