Explore the Emerald Pools of Zion: A Refreshing Desert Hike

Embark on a journey through Zion National Park's Emerald Pools Trail, where verdant oases and cascading waterfalls create a breathtaking desert sanctuary.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free access to trail with $30 Zion National Park entrance fee


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  1. Start at Zion Lodge or the Grotto, depending on trail closures.
  2. Cross the Virgin River and follow the signs towards the Emerald Pools.
  3. Choose your route: Lower Pool (1.2 miles), Middle and Lower Pools (2 miles), or all three Pools (2.5 miles).
  4. Enjoy the lush scenery and waterfalls along the way.
  5. Return via the same path or opt for an alternative loop for varied views.



Zion National Park, Utah 84737

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Packing List

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Light rain jacket, depending on the season