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“Hike to the Emerald Pools in Zion”
Review of Zion's Main Canyon

Zion's Main Canyon
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Owner description: The most popular route through Zion, which includes the famous top-to-bottom Narrows Hike, Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, and Hidden Canyon.
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This hike is highly recommended. Access for it is across from Zion Lodge, the trail is clearly marked and the incline is not bad to the first pool. The waterfall coming over the ledge was beautiful and was enhanced by a beautiful butterfly flitting in and out of the water. The hike to the second pool is a bit more of an incline so go only if you feel you can. The third pool is much more of an incline. The first and second are doable. Then hike back via The Grotto (the lower path). You can catch a bus back to the lodge when you are done or just walk back along the Virgin River. Have fun and take water, camera and walking stick.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Zion National Park is a very popular destination in Utah and for a very good reason. The scenery is absolutely beautiful! We took a few different hikes and each one provided something different and interesting. Pa'rus trail is an easy, level, paved hike along the river. The lower, middle and upper Emerald Pools trails were good and somewhat challenging since there's a lot of stairs and inclines to hike but the final destination (Upper Emerald Pool) was a nice sanctuary and good place to take in the scenery, have a snack and rest up for the hike back down. The lower Emerald Pool had some refreshing small waterfalls that lightly sprayed the hikers. Due to knee issues, we didn't do any of the other hikes. We'd love to go back someday and check out other trails. TIPS about the park: You cannot drive all around the park unless you have a special pass. Visitors MUST ride the shuttle to get around to the different trails. The shuttles are convenient, informative and very regular. Arrive BEFORE 10 am!!!!!!! There's limited parking at the Visitor's Center (where you catch the park's shuttle) and that lot fills up quickly. (A park ranger told us that the busiest times are from 10 am to 3 pm daily.) We arrived around 10:30 am on a Wednesday and couldn't find a place to park! Frustrated at how crowded it was, we left and decided to come back the next day. Thursday we arrived around 8:00 am, found a place to park and hiked our trails with very few other people. That was nice! You can park outside of the park in the town of Springdale and either walk into the park or grab one of the shuttles that takes you into the park. The town gets filled up with cars as well so plan your trip ahead of time. The town has all the amenities: gas, food, lodging, shopping, gift stores, etc. If you plan it right, Zion is a wonderful place to visit!

Thank eefamily
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

How humbling it is to be down in the canyon looking up at the Canyon walls. Its a testament to the Lord's artistry.

Thank prop25
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

After viewing the South rim of the Grand Canyon, and traveling along the East rim scenic drive to the North rim of Grand Canyon, which was closed from rock slide and wintery conditions, we decided to go to Zion National Park as an alternative side trip. What a great choice. On the drivey to the park we left in warmer weather and as we got higher in the mountains we encountered a snow storm which being from Louisiana was totally awesome. The scenery was gorgeous as we entered the canyon and was like a reverse of the Grand Canyon looking up. The mountains were amazing with beautiful colors, the reds contrasting with the greenery and snowy peaks. We viewed the park in slight chilly and rainy conditions, but the beauty made up for this slight inconvenience. My wife and I spent the entire day taking in the natural beauty from the waterfalls to the deer and other wildlife wandering the mountain sides. We also enjoyed a nice lunch and souvenirs at the shops in the park. This is a well worth visit and would have loved to spend more time here, but we only had one day to take in this majestic park.

Thank Paul L
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

What a grand experience! We drove up almost to Bryce Canyon (that is a future trip to be sure) as we had missed the exit from Vegas... So, now we had less time there than we'd liked.

The scenery is beautiful with lots of colors - green, white, beige, brown & some rust/red. Many high mountains to climb up the canyons & cool rivers in the valleys. Lots of shadows from the sun & from the many mountains. Very interesting. Lovely deer & many birds in the canyon.

Great temperature differences in hiking upward against beating sun vs walking in shade areas. Good sturdy hiking shoes a must & if you plan to hike in the bottom, in the river as well, invest in land/water boots. No water sneakers here as it;s slippery on the bottoms & can be rocky. A walking stick is also a good idea! We had neither so just hiked in gym shoes best we can.

It is just so Lovely & Huge with many many hiking trails at various difficulties. As we were rushing along, we accidentally went onto a very long, steep difficult trail when we missed the turnoff onto the one we meant to hike. Soooo after many steep steps, turns later, we run into the only people we encountered on this trail coming down & realized we were enroute to top of the peak & will arrive in maybe another 7+ hours. So, take your time following the maps on the trails you choose.

There is a free shuttle that is very useful for getting to every point you like to stop at! The Fee is $25 & good for 3 days visit I recall.

What a Treasure - take your Time here....

Thank Justsaygrace
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