The deep pools at the foot of the stunning waterfalls, coupled with the hanging gardens, make this one of the most delightful places to explore in the park.
Emerald Pools, Upper & Lower Hiking Trail Map, Zion National Park, Utah
The entire trail is an idyllic option for both adults and kids, but it is important to note that the hike becomes more strenuous as you progress from the Lower Pool. The trail to the Lower Pool stretches for 0.6 miles and is paved, making it ideal for baby strollers and wheelchair users. This section of the trail follows the route of the river, allowing hikers to marvel at the beauty of the cottonwoods, after which hikers make a turn that leads to the pools.
The Lower Pool has incredible waterfalls that flow right across the top of the trail. Less than half a mile away, hikers get to the Middle Pools. These pools constitute the streams that pool water and flow at the waterfalls in the Lower Pool.
The last part of the trail is more rugged as it marks the last half mile at a higher elevation to lead to the Upper Pool. This pool also marks the end of a canyoneering route across the park’s canyon. Depending on the time of visit, hikers may be rewarded by the stunning views of the water as it cascades down the falls. There are several places to rest and unwind at the Upper Emerald Pool before making the return trip.
The best time to visit Emerald Pools is during spring and fall. Visitors are advised that swimming and wading are not permitted, and pets are not allowed.