Where: Zion National Park
Trail: Emerald Pools Trails to the Kayenta Trail
Distance: 2.6 miles
Adventure Rating: 4 Stars
We took the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the Zion Lodge. Across the from the lodge, we crossed the bridge over the Virgin River and began the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. The Lower Pool was my favorite. The brilliant green of the foliage and the light green of the pools was beautiful.
We continued on up the steep trail (there are many steps carved in the
rock) to the Middle Pool, which was very small. It's chained off because
it's very dangerous. Foolish people have crossed the chain and stood in
the pool, which is very slick, and slipped and slid over the edge,
plummeting to the lower pool and their death. There is no swimming in
the pools for very good reason.
After yet another steep climb and a bit of rock scrambling, we made it
to the Upper Pool. When it's not crowded, it's a great place to sit and
relax from the hike. Stop a moment and just listen to nature.