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A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
Zion National Park, UT
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a nice easy walk - a hike accessible to most tourists. I take a little issue with the "Emerald" title more like brown pools... but it was a lovely walk.

Thank rmcleodx
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to a recent landslide, Upper and middle emerald pools are not accessible, the trail is completely closed after lower pool.

1  Thank CamilleV551
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice, intermediate hike for any beginner hiker of any age. I recommend continuing all the way to the end of the trail if you can do it because it's well worth it. Be careful because towards the end you do have to...More

1  Thank Laura L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This 1.2 mile, 1 hour easy trail starts at the Lodge. Paved trails lead to Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls. It then connects to the Upper Emerald Pool which is located at the base of a cliff and Kayenta.

1  Thank SDR007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The strength of this hike is that it is fairly easy and offer some interesting sites culminating with the lower Emerald Pool. From an aesthetic and photographic standpoint, however, I found it disappointing. The lower Emerald Pool is small, stagnant, green and not terribly photo...More

1  Thank doctorbobster
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Only the lower pool is open due to flash flooding that knocked out the trail. It's a cool view and I think even cooler to see what a flash flood does to a trail. We did it in evening with our kids. Fairly easy. Very...More

2  Thank truckinchick
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We hiked to the lower pool only as the hike to the upper pools was closed (Don’t know if it will open up this year) This is a lovely, easy hike with some neat views of the canyon formations. We hiked about 9am and had...More

Thank Fran4747
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Check the NPS website for updates. July 2018 there was a flash flood and the lower and upper emerald pool hikes are closed for repair Aug. 2018. People in Zion said they hoped the repairs would be finished for the 2019 season.

Thank christmasmorning2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We really liked the hike up to this spot. It was quite slick getting to the upper emerald pool, but it was worth it.

1  Thank SongBird1278
Reviewed August 6, 2018

....except that we were NOT a family, and the amount of kids (and some behaving like....well, kids) made the hike less happy for us. The pools were a nice destination for them. So, if you're a family, this is for you. If you want a...More

1  Thank travellingredheadct
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Malinda H
May 8, 2017|
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Response from travelerscal | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need a guide for these hikes. (I don't know about The subway). For Narrows you might need some equipment that you can rent near the entrance to the Park. Emerald Pools is an easy hike if you start from the... More
May 29, 2016|
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Response from nancym290 | Reviewed this property |
I think it will depend on your ability and determination. I am 61 and have a bad knee but I am in good shape otherwise. I took lots of breaks and my daughter helped me down the steeper parts of the upper pool trail (going... More