Emerald Pools
Emerald Pools
Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools Tours and Tickets

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At the aptly named Emerald Pools, a verdant stream connects a series of three fresh water pools—a picturesque contrast to the earthy red cliffs that dominate Zion National Park. Three hiking trails access the pools, ranging from a short paved route to a more strenuous loop. Flowing waterfalls and crystal-clear pools make this a must-visit spot.

  • Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Utah, 84737

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Q:How do you get to the Emerald Pools trailhead?
A:The Emerald Pools trailhead is easily reachable from the Zion Lodge within Zion National Park and via the park’s shuttle. Cross the street from the lodge (and the park’s fifth shuttle stop) and then cross the bridge. There you’ll find three trails that give you access to the Emerald Pools.
Q:What is the difficulty level of the Emerald Pools hike?
A:The difficulty level of the Emerald Pools hike depends on which trail you choose. There are three trails: a short loop to the Lower Emerald Pool, an easier hike to the Middle and Lower Pools, and a more challenging hike that goes to all three.
Q:Are dogs allowed on the Emerald Pools trail?
A:No, dogs aren’t allowed on Zion National Park’s Emerald Pools hiking trail, and, in fact, dogs aren’t allowed on any of the trails or wilderness areas within the Utah park.
Q:Are there any swimming opportunities at the Emerald Pools?
A:No, there aren’t swimming opportunities available at Emerald Pools. These are natural pools in Zion National Park where swimming has been banned to make sure the ecosystem of the area doesn’t get ruined. You can, however, dip in the Virgin River along Pa’rus Trail within the park.
Q:What is the best time of year to hike to the Emerald Pools?
A:The best time of year to hike Emerald Pools is during the spring or fall. In summer the trail can be extremely crowded, and in winter ice may form on the paths. If you want to further avoid crowds in spring or fall, try for an early morning, weekday visit.
Q:How long does it take to hike to the Emerald Pools?
A:It depends on the trail you choose. The hike to the Lower Emerald Pool is about a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) loop. The Lower and Middle Pool is a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) round-trip hike, and the trail that visits all three pools is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) long.