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EMERALD POOL UPPER – ZION NATIONAL PARK
EMERALD POOL UPPER TRAIL – Zion National Park
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance: 2.2 miles round-trip
The Upper Emerald Pool Trail in Zion National Park has a lot to offer for being one of the shorter hikes in the park! This trail starts at the Virgin River bottom with views up and down Zion Main Canyon, then turns and continues up Heaps Canyon and affords views of hidden water falls and sheer Navajo Sandstone Cliffs. These water falls are all runoff fed, so depending on the amount of rain/snow fall, the waterfalls can be a gushing flow, slow and steady, or nothing but a drip. That said, there is typically enough flow during the year that each of the three pools along this trail has some water in it. In just a few hundred feet of elevation gain, the vegetation changes from cottonwoods to pines, and spotting local wildlife is common along this trail. Many travelers take a picnic with them to eat at the top of the trail as they enjoy the view of the Upper Pool and waterfall. This trail is a must on your next trip to Zion!
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. 3 Water Bottles per person recommended
No camping available on hike, but in designated Park Campground
Half Paved Trail, Half Dirt Single Track
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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