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Emerald Pools

Floor of the Valley Rd/Zion Canyon Scenic Dr, Springdale, Utah 84737 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
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“gaze into the blue”

Emerald Pools Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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  • 25 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
June 29, 2015
Rated 3.0

The pools were not as full when we visited. If you are going at peak travel times, this is a very busy trail as its one of the easier trails in the park. If you don't mind crowds, it's a decent hike that's accessible for the whole family.

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  • 74 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
June 10, 2022
Rated 2.0

This was a disappointment. 😔 I thought the "Emerald" meant beautiful, clear, emerald colored water. I was wrong. It looked like a hole of muddy water. My family of 6 was not impressed. We also went about noon when it was 100+ degrees and full sun.... the trail doesn't have much shade. We went to the narrows first and then this. I would reverse that order on a hot day. Do this walk in the morning of you want to see it, then do the narrows when it's warmer out! BUT.... we didn't know what we didn't know. There's also a river/ stream under the bridge to the walking path- I say go in there instead. That water is more green and pretty. At the end of the trail though, there's dropping water from above that felt soooo good! You cannot go into the emerald pool to cool off- which I also had no idea about. We did wet out cooling cloths with the dripping water for the 100 degree walk back. Personally, we wouldn't ever do this hike again. Very anticlimactic. 😆 The only other one we did was the narrows and we really liked that one!

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 11, 2022
Rated 4.0

Good easy climbs. We did all three pools in the late afternoon. The trail was crowded but manageable

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Gwenyth Jones

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great hike!!!

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  • 43 Helpful
July 07, 2015
Rated 3.0

This trail is really only worth it if it is raining, or has just rained. Otherwise the pools will be empty, or stagnant. Be careful around the edges, they are covered in slick algae, and many people have fallen and died from Upper Emerald Pools.

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Emerald Pools

Floor of the Valley Rd/Zion Canyon Scenic Dr
Springdale, Utah
84737 USA

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Good for hiking, swimming, and Adventurers.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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