Description: A spiderweb of trails that all lead, by various lengths and means, to Emerald Pools Lower, Middle and Upper Pools.
Distance: 1.2 Miles to 2.5 Miles Round Trip.
Difficulty: Easy (for the Lower and Middle Pools); Moderate (for the Upper Pool.)
Highest Elevation: 4,450 Feet Above Sea Level
Jurisdiction: Zion National Park
The Emerald Pools Trailhead is located on the west side of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive opposite the Zion Lodge. The Emerald Pools trail takes hikers along wide, easily traveled sidewalks (the Lower Pool is even accessible by wheelchair with a little assistance) to both the Lower and Middle Pools, while the trail to the Upper Pool is a little bit more demanding, with sandy ground and rocks. It is requested that visitors do not go into the Pools themselves in order to protect them from degradation. The Emerald Pools trails are some of the most high;y traveled trails in the park, so go very early if you don’t like crowds. Along with the Emerald Pools, this hiking trail also offers good views of Lady Mountain, The Spearhead, Mount Majestic, Red Arch Mountain, Deertrap Mountain, and The Great White Throne as well as a dense deciduous forest filled with Gambel Oak, maples, and box elder which becomes especially beautiful in late Autumn.