Upper Emerald Pool
Located just across from the Zion Lodge the Upper Emerald pool trail begins first by crossing the bridge that will take you over the Virgin River. Like an oasis in the middle of the Sahara, this hike has you meandering over a variety of short trails and past a fairytale stream that rolls down from the cliffs. The aftermath of this action is the formation of attractive "pools." An abundance of water in the area means the path quickly becomes muddy and slippery, so watch your footing. Fortunately, there are guard rails in the area to grasp for safety. But the pool for which you seek is the fabled Upper Emerald Pool and the trail which will lead you there is on the ridge between the two middle pools. There, a much-rugged course awaits. Rugged and steep, the trail continues up from the Middle Trail to the canyon and the Upper Pool. At the top of the Upper Emerald pool, enjoy the fantastic view. Swimming is not allowed in the Emerald Pools, but you can swim anywhere in the Virgin River. The return trip is easy; take the loop back to the Lodge or retrace your path. This Emerald Pool hike is a leisurely and non-strenuous way to spend two hours. The walk does become rather crowded during the summer, but the trail is family-friendly. Be mindful of cliff edges, however.