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Nice, Uncrowded Trail

Liked this one a lot. Took from Grotto to Emerald Pools. Great views down the Virgin river... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montana Rose
A walk in the park :)

We recommend combining this trail with the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. (You also include the Upper... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2017
Arn E
Stockholm, Sweden
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Zion National Park, UT

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked this one a lot. Took from Grotto to Emerald Pools. Great views down the Virgin river. Easy, but pretty.

Thank MTRose
Reviewed November 5, 2017

We recommend combining this trail with the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. (You also include the Upper Emerald Pool Trail) The combo takes you the mountain side route between two shuttle stops, and the Emerald Pool Trail is easier and shorter than the Kayenta trail. The...More

1  Thank Arn E
Reviewed October 16, 2017

We took the Kayenta Trail (From Shuttle Stop #6) to the Emerald Pools then continued on past the Pools along the Emerald Pools Trail to Shuttle Stop #5. This was a great option to avoid retracing your route to the Emerald Pools on the Emerald...More

Thank Mindy and Roger A
Reviewed October 9, 2017

I took this trail as a way back down from Upper Emerald Pools. It's easy and provides great views of Zion Canyon as you descend back down to the river. It was early morning and therefore not very crowded. A good alternative either up or...More

Thank theroadlestravel2016
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

This unpaved 1 mile trail begins at the Grotto stop. You cross a small bridge, after which the trail winds upward for 10-15 min. It then levels out and you are treated to wonderful views of the riverbed below surrounded by the giant mountains. The...More

Thank TravelFan48105
Reviewed September 17, 2017

This trail is rated "moderate" as it does take 2-3 hours and involves some uphill climbing and sharp drop-offs. But it is very scenic, following the river and connecting to other trails (Emerald Pools, Grotto). On a hot day, it can be challenging, so bring...More

2  Thank 448andyk
Reviewed September 17, 2017

I started at Grotto and hiked past Emerald Pools to Zion Lodge. this way, the hardest part comes first as the trail is paved between the Lodge and the waterfall. So if you are not a hiker, have small children or elderly people with you,...More

1  Thank ukusa2155
Reviewed August 26, 2017

A fair bit of climb at the beginning but levels off. Mini waterfalls off some of the upper overhangs. Pretty walk. Lower Emerald pool area is very pretty.

Thank Pam B
Reviewed June 29, 2017

We took this trail which led us to the Lower Emerald Pools. The trail is easy and offers some good views on the way. The lower Emerald pools was crowded and it wasn't very impressive.

Thank Lolita D
Reviewed June 25, 2017

One of the hikes we enjoyed during our visit to Zion National Park was the Kayenta trail which starts at The Grotto (shuttle stop 6), crosses the river and then makes way up an to the Emerald Pools. This is trail is around 2 miles...More

1  Thank BradJill
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March 14, 2017|
Response from Juli K | Reviewed this property |
yes the kayenta trail goes to the pools but it doesn't go to the upper pool. It meet the trail for the emerald pools between the upper and lower pool. The kayenta trail is more of a steady incline with steps only towards the... More