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EMERALD POOL LOWER – ZION NATIONAL PARK
EMERALD POOL LOWER TRAIL – Zion National Park
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.2 miles round-trip
The Lower Emerald Pool Trail is part of a trail system in Zion National Park that leads to three beautiful pools and, at the right times of the year, two magnificent water falls. This trail begins by the Zion Lodge and crosses over the Virgin River on one of the many walking bridges that Zion is known for. The trail meanders along the river and then turns to the west and heads up Heaps Canyon. This hike features many clear views up the main canyon toward Angels Landing, and sheer Navajo Sandstone cliffs that reach toward the sky. The Lower Emerald Pool trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and is a great trip for adventurers of all ages. The trail leads to a waterfall that falls over an alcove into a couple of clear pools. The pools are not open to bathing, but are fun to look at, and hikers can get a refreshing little shower from the mist of the waterfalls before heading back!
Round Trip Length
Average Hike Time
Zion National Park
Distance from St George
50 Miles (1 hour 10 minutes driving)
Facilities Located at Zion Lodge
Best Time of Year to Hike
Spring, Summer, Fall
Best Time of Day to Hike
Morning, Late Afternoon
No Permit Required
Private Vehicle: Valid for 7 days. – $30.00
Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas.
Motorcycle: Valid for 7 days. – $25.00
Admits one non-commercial motorcycle to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas.
Per Person: Valid for 7 days. – $15.00
Admits one individual with no car to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
Non-Commercial Organized Groups: Valid for 7 days. – $30.00
Organized groups such as Scouts, Clubs, Youth Groups, Churches, Reunions, etc. that do not qualify for an Academic Fee Waiver are charged as follows: $30.00 Non-commercial vehicles with a vehicle capacity of 15 or less. $15.00 per person Non-commercial vehicles with a capacity of 16 or greater. Fees will not exceed the commercial fee for the same-sized vehicle. Youth 15 and under are free. Individuals or families with any valid Annual or Lifetime pass may use their pass for entry at the per person
Zion Annual Pass: Valid for 12 months from purchase date – $50.00
Admits the pass holders and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle (14 passenger capacity or less) to Zion National Park.
Water Sources Available
Water available at Zion Lodge. 2 Water Bottles per person recommended
No camping available on hike, but in designated Park Campground
Partial sun exposure on trail. Some shade from trees and rocks depending on time of day.
Get Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on I-15 for about 18 miles and take exit 27 to Toquerville. Turn right on UT-17 and follow it for 6 miles. Turn left onto UT-9 and follow it for approximately 20 miles until you come to the park entrance. If parking is full inside the park, you can park in the town of Springdale and ride the shuttle up to the park. If you visit the park during the time the shuttles aren’t running, continue into the park for a couple of miles and turn left onto Floor of the Valley Road and continue for 2.7 miles. Park in the Zion Lodge Parking lot. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road.
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