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    Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools

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    5.1 km
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    317 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Kayenta Trail is a popular access route to the Emerald Pools. This trail is relatively easy and is a hike that the whole family can enjoy. So bring the camera and some lunch, and enjoy your time wandering through this tranquil desert oasis.

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    Route Description for Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools

    The Kayenta Trail is an easy, family-friendly hike to the Emerald Pools of Zion National Park. This hike has lots of shade and a gentle grade, so it is perfect for young kids or those looking for a relaxing stroll through a beautiful, lush area of the park.

    Starting at the Grotto picnic area, cross the Virgin River at the West Rim Trailhead. After the bridge, take a left and follow the Kayenta trail southwest along the river’s edge. After about 1.0 km, the path will branch off at three different points. To see the Lower Emerald Pools, take a left at the first or second junction; both paths will take you there. If you want to see the Middle Pools, take a left at the third junction. To see the Upper Pools, continue following the path to your right. All the pools are only a short distance (100 yards or so) off the main trail, so you definitely have time to see them all.

    Swimming is not permitted in these pools, but they are a great place to stop and enjoy lunch. There are lots of trails that branch off from the Kayenta if you want to extend your day hiking around the area; if not, turn around and follow your path back to the Grotto picnic site in time to catch the shuttle home.

    Getting to the Kayenta Trail to the Emerald Pools Trailhead

    Catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle at the Visitor’s center near Springdale, this is a free service that operates almost year-round. Hop off the shuttle at the 6th stop: The Grotto. This picnic spot is the starting point for the Kayenta Trail.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      March to October

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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