Hiking Southern Utah: Emerald Pools Trail

Photos by Krista Wiekamp
Hiking Southern Utah: Emerald Pools TrailTrail name: Emerald Pools Trail
Location: Zion National Park
Difficulty: Easy to lower pool, moderate to middle pool, strenuous to upper pool

Distance:  Round trip distances are 1.2 miles to lower, 2 miles to middle, and 3 miles to upper
Total elevation gain: 70 feet to lower, 150 feet to middle, and 350 feet to upper
Average time: 1–3 hours
Family-friendly: The hike to the lower pools is great for all ages. As you proceed to the middle and upper falls, the level of difficulty gets progressively more challenging for young children and older adults.
Dog-friendly: No dogs are allowed on this trail.
Access: To the west entrance- From I-15, take exit 16 if you’re driving northbound from St. George or exit 20 if you’re coming south from Cedar City. Continue to La Verkin and turn onto SR-9 toward Zion National Park.
To the east entrance– Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
Take the park shuttle to the Emerald Pools parking lot. If you leave late in the day during shuttle season, make sure that you make it back to your shuttle pick up area before the last shuttle leaves for …

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