Lower Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park Hiking

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Lower Emerald Pools Trail

The Lower Emerald Pools Trail in Zion National Park is the perfect trail for families, even with baby strollers, to experience the waterfalls, colorful pools and other magnificent views.

  • The Lower Emerald Pools Trail takes you to some lovely pools in Zion National Park
  • This trail is an easy 1.2-mile out-and-back hike
  • Trailhead is across from Zion Lodge
  • Paved so accessible with baby strollers or wheelchairs
  • Enjoy the views of Red Arch Mountain and other colorful cliffs


The Lower Emerald Pools Trail is a paved trail to the Lower Emerald Pool, and is accessible to strollers, so even the youngest ones can enjoy the scenery. You will move through Zion National Park and get the chance to marvel at the views of Red Arch Mountain, Lady Mountain and the Great White Throne. Colorful cliffs extend in every direction.


Take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive north from the south entrance for four miles to the Emerald Pools parking area, across from the Zion Lodge.


  • Distance – 1.2 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 50 minutes
  • Elevation Gain – 70 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

The best time to hike this trail is in summer, although it can be hot. You should bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Fall is a great time to hike too, especially when the autumn colors are at a peak in October. In the spring, the snowmelt can create powerful waterfalls and makes for a great hike through Zion.

Always stay on the trails to be safe. Don’t stand on the edges of the cliffs, as they can crumble and are often unstable. Don’t let anything fall over the side, as there are other hikers below you.

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