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A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
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“easy hike” (104 reviews)
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Zion National Park, UT

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really nice walk but fairly strenuous if you are not reasonably fit. Awkward places and steep. The pools are nice but have seen better in Scotland and Slovenia.

Thank 898Annie
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is considered an "Easy" trail primarily since it is only 0.6 miles one way & the trail is paved. The trail does have an uphill grade the entire way but there are no steep sections. The trail is heavily traveled. Set a pace that...More

Thank Mindy and Roger A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Go for it. It's an easy hike even with young children. We did all 3 pools. A little scary in some places but our 3 yr old did it with very little help.

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 5 days ago

IF you don't have the whole day to explore Zion and you only have a few hours, this is your best bet. You'll have a nice view of the river once you reach the top and it's a short hike. Good for families/groups.

Thank Junn A
Reviewed 6 days ago

We only hiked the lower pool trail which is designated as an “easy” hike at 0.6 miles one way. It seemed longer than a half mile, and it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. Most of the trail was uphill, as we...More

Thank spitzy135
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this as our first trail at Zion and loved it. At about 5:00, the crowd was thinning, the sun was setting, the colors were changing...it was perfect. I would consider it moderate intensity. Get off the park bus at Zion Lodge.

Thank bolild
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked from the Grotto down to the Emerald pool and then finished the path back to the Zion Lodge area. the whole hike took us about 1 hour to complete. There was not too much foot traffic on our hike. There are some steep...More

Thank Kelly T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked the lower, middle, and upper Emerald Falls. I was surprised at the large September crowds. There were few children (due to school) but many older folks of surprising physical prowess. The trails were so busy we had to stop often on the Emerald...More

Thank Gayle R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Long hike to all three pools (lower, middle and upper). Would not call them emerald but maybe at a different time of day they may look green. Just looked like pools of water but the views of the rest of the canyon were good especially...More

Thank Carina757
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pools don't have much water in September so I can only assume the water is higher in spring or early summer. Average views but the trail is long and somewhat boring as compared to other hikes at Zion. If you are there for several...More

Thank MandJ82
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Malinda H
8 May 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
29 May 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

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