Zion's Emerald Pools Hike


The forcast was for rain showers the majority of the day but we decided to take a chance and head on out to Zion National Park to do a little shopping and take a chance at a hike.

Zion is only about a 45 minute drive from St. George.

The shuttles are running now through summer for the majority of the park and so you are required to park at either the park entrance or one of several locations in the town of Springdale. It's a 40 minute shuttle ride from the first stop to the last stop and the shuttles run both directions at 15 minute intervals. You aren't required however to take a shuttle if you are heading over to the east side of the park and through the mile long tunnel.

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We ended up parking in Springdale and walking through the park entrance to get onto the shuttle. It started to lightly rain on us - mostly just a heavy mist. We rode the shuttle to the Emerald Pools Trail Head about 4 shuttle stops into the park. The Emerald Pools trail is about a 3 mile hike round trip and is fairly steep in some areas but we saw a variety of age groups from younger kids to older adults.

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There were beautiful water falls all around us on the hike which intensified the experience even more and made trudging through a bit of mud and getting soaked worth it! Loved this area here to the left. We walked right under one of the water falls.

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Beautiful stone wall probably very old.

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A fun little cairn shrine on the way up.

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One of the lower Emerald Pools.

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By the time we got back to the shuttle, we were cold and soaked to the bone but despite our slight discomfort, we felt exhilerated because of the incredible beauty we had just witnessed on a cool, misty day. A Zion hike never disappoints!

We had worked up an appetite and by the time we got back to our car, it was time for dinner. We ate at a Tai restaurant across the street from the movie theater called Tai Sappa. The food there is pretty good and there are plenty of gluten and dairy free options if that is your preference.