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A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
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“lower pool” (180 reviews)
“middle pool” (85 reviews)
“easy hike” (103 reviews)
Zion National Park, UT

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Reviewed yesterday

We did the Lower and Middle Emerald Pools, which were very cool. Short trail but a little steep. Yet another of the interesting and unique places at Zion.

Thank turbotrevor
Reviewed 2 days ago

No surprise that the pools didn't have much water during this time of the year and not much recent rain. Narrow, winding trail to get there and very busy. Hiking boots and poles will be helpful.

Thank ukusa2155
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you don't have a lot of time at Zion, this trail is a good one to try. It is not particularly long, and it is quite easy. It will take you past beautiful scenery. Depending on your time and energy, it connects to other...More

2  Thank 448andyk
Reviewed 3 days ago

Recommend early morning or late afternoon start particularly in summer. This does require some rock climbing. Although we did see some couples attempting it carrying young children in their arms. If you are hikers and have the right equipment I suppose it may be possible...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We absolutely love Zion national park - and it has some awesome scenery and hikes - but this hike was a disappointment. We did the trail to all 3 pools. The trail is relatively short - and even in the heat, a healthy adult should...More

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Upper pool is the most beautiful, much cooler in hot weather. It is also the most challenging to get to, compared to the other 2. Middle pool has very little water, just a lot of moss and algae. Lower pool is easier to get to...More

Thank Nchantedtraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The lower and middle pools are boring, head up to the upper pool for the full experience. It is its own little canyon area that is much cooler from the water, and great shade In the heat of the day.

Thank KelsieMoose
Reviewed 6 days ago

Reaching the upper pool and making this a longer loop trail made this is a really enjoyable hike. Lower Pool is a busy but fun experience (same experience as Weeping Rock, plus a pool). Middle Pool is a bit something of nothing, but the Upper...More

Thank Ian and Helen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Emerald Pools is one of the most popular easy hikes. However, most turn back after the Lower Pool, as the hike becomes steeper. We went all the way to the Upper Pool and it was absolutely worth it! Neither my husband or I are very...More

1  Thank Eldarwen333
Reviewed 1 week ago

The waterfalls feeding the lower pools did not have much flow but the height of the falls makes for stunning photography with the sunlight. The hike to the lower pools has some elevation, but is not too arduous. The hike to the middle & upper...More

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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