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Emerald Pools - Zion National Park

Area: Springdale, Utah - Zion NP
Elevation Change: +350, -350
Course: Loop (see details below)
Terrain: Dirl trail (some paved trail)
Distance: 2.2 miles RT Loop
Map & Elevation Data: none
GPS Route: none
Video: Video Clip (17 MB)

This trail can be accessed by the trailhead is West across the street from the Zion Park Lodge. There are several routes you can do. If you'd liketo do a loop you can run to the middle pool, then on to the upper pool, then take the route from the upper pool down to the lower pool. This route is approx. 2.2 miles. The trail is primarily on dirt trail. On the lower pools trail it is paved from the pool to the mail road to the Zion Park Lodge.

The pools are really pleasant as they are endowed with greenery and towering cliffs overhead. Plenty of fat grey squirrles are nearby too.

1. Begin by taking exit 6, toward Hurricane, Utah from the freeway I-15.
2. Follow this through Hurricane and continue on following the signs to Zion National Park, about 32 miles.
3. Drive to the park. If you are headed between April and October you will need to park in Springdale at a designated spot and catch the shuttle as the Zion NP shuttle is the only vehicle allowed up the Zion Scenic Drive. You can check the shuttle schedule here.
4. You must pay to enter the park so ensure you either pay the day fee or buy a pass, more info on fees.

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Middle Emerald Pool
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The masses on a Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend

Canyon Treefrog common to the area