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Emerald Pools

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: Waterfalls, Geologic Formations
Description: A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is an easy hike, nice and simple and up to 3 miles (you can make it shorter by cutting out some of the pools). The pools and waterfalls are fine in the summer, but nothing sensational. I imagine they're much better in spring or late Autumn, once the water levels start to increase, but still a nice easy walk... More

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Needham, Massachusetts
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did this hike right after finishing Angels Landing, so we were a bit spoiled. The upper pools were disappointing, but the lower pool were ok. The most impressive part is the rock formations around the pools and the views up the canyon. If you are at Zion for more than 2 days, this hike should be on your list.

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Davenport, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We went searching for this based on photo's we had seen online. Our mistake for thinking we could do this entire park in a day, wrong. By the time we got to the pools it was already getting dark and very hard to see. It was still beautiful, and we can't wait to go back and see it in the... More

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nj
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31 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The pools themselves are pretty sad, but I liked the ruggedness of the trail to the upper pool. You feel small between the mountains, and the view is great. This was my favorite easy/strenuous hike.

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United States
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17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I thought the emerald pools trail was beautiful! It had rained a majority of the night before so the waterfalls and river were really flowing. It was a fairly easy trail, once you go past the first waterfall the trail is no longer paved and gets very rocky. The trail that leads behind the waterfall is very muddy and very... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The upper and middle pools were muddy puddles in August. The lower one not much better but it did have a nice waterfall hanging over it which the trail goes under.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Wow, this is a very easy walk to the Lower Emerald Pool, and a moderate (but still easy) walk to the Middle and Upper Emerald Pools. The lower trail leads you BEHIND the waterfall - awesome! From the middle point you can see all the 3 waterfalls and at the upper point you will see a gorgeous waterfall (really tall).... More

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Berkeley, California
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

At the end of August, this hike was just too crowded. Every minute or so we had to step aside for other hikers, or thank other hikers for stepping aside for us. On the plus side, it is a steep, but relatively short hike, which was perfect in terms of exertion and length for our 10- and 12-year-old kids. The... More

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We loved all our other hikes but were disappointed by Emerald Pool - the water is brown, not blue! We LOVED Weeping Rock hike though ! and the Trolley is fantastic to get on / off all these stops.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The hike to all 3 pools is very interesting and has some beautiful views. The trail is very popular so it is often crowded. The trail is steep in spots, especially after the first pool, but seems like a fairly easy hike for most people and children. The trail near the first pool goes behind the waterfall and helps to... More

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