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Zion: Emerald Pools


There are three sets of pools in Zion known as Lower Emerald, Middle Emerald, and Upper Emerald Pool. There is one hike that goes to all three, which we’ve done before. However, we decided to just go as far as the Middle Pools, and then hike to the Grotto to catch the bus for Riverside.

The Riverside hike is really a mile long paved walk. At the end, you can keep going, but you have to hike (and possible swim!) in the river. You can get tours that rent you dry suits and special shoes, but since we were not so equipped, we just made a nice walk from it.

The tram system (free) is a great way to get to all the different trails in the park. And it helps cut down congestion as well as pollution. Such a magnificent park!

A view down the Virgin River

A view down the Virgin River

Rain on the trail!

Rain on the trail!

Rather steep climbing in places

Rather steep climbing in places

The trail narrows

The trail narrows

Middle Emerald Pool

Middle Emerald Pool

Scenic vista

Scenic vista

End of the paved trail, start of the water trail

End of the paved trail, start of the water trail

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