What an amazing place this is! I’m so glad I’ve had so many friends tell me about this place. I can’t believe it took me so long to get out here. Zion National Park is such a great place to relax, hike, go on some canyon tours and check out some incredible nature. We spent most of yesterday walking around the park area and hanging out by the nearby river. It was nice to hang out by the shade and be lazy — especially after the Angel’s Landing hike we endured the day before. When it would get too hot, we’d just dunk into the river and sit out in the sun.
Today we kept on the same lazy mentality but took it up a notch and headed to the Emerald Pools hike. It was a great way to spend the day since the hike was relatively short and simple — about two miles. I’d have to say my favorite part of the hike was the lower emerald pools. Walking under the waterfalls, the lush vegetation… It felt good to be out of the campsite and walking around on a short hike.
When we got to the upper emerald pool, we had ourselves a nice little picnic and relaxed while we looked out across the canyon.
It was a good thing we left so early in the day, since there were so many families and large Canyon Tours groups heading to the hike by the time we started heading out. I would definitely recommend this hike for first time Zion visitors and families traveling with the elderly or small children as most of the hike is easy to walk.