Miles: ~3 miles, starting at the Grotto shuttle stop, we hiked up the Kayenta Trail, and we visited the Middle, Upper, and Lower pools. Then, we returned down the Emerald Pool Trails, which led us to the Zion Lodge shuttle stop.
Elevation Change: 1,000 ft.
Duration: 2 hours
Permit Required?: No
A family friendly stroll to a desert oasis of lush greenery and emerald pools. The upper pools trail is a series of stairs to climb. You have to be careful not to miss the trail entrance for the Upper Pool at the head of the Middle Pool.
When we were there (May), the frogs were croaking loudly at all the pools. It was definitely mating season.
View of Zion Canyon from the Kayenta Trail
The Upper Emerald Pool
Kelvin, the frog whisperer
The frog landed on Kelvin’s tripod.
A frog leaping from Kelvin’s hand
The Lower Pool trail takes you right under a waterfall. It was pretty dry when we went.
Another view of the Lower Pool trail.
The Lower Pool.
View of the Virgin River from the Emerald Pool Trail
PHOTOS BY: MELODY KUO