Zion’s Emerald Pool, to be specific.
An oasis in the desert, this easy two-mile stroll has great scenery to the lower pools. Moderate effort gets you to the middle and upper sections. Take in spectacular views of Red Arch Mountain, Lady Mountain, Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain.
Start just across from Zion lodge, 5th stop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle, or take the Kayeta Trail, slightly longer, from the 6th stop. Allow 2-4 hours. Too crowded? Too easy? Try the 2-mile, 21-switchback hike to Angel’s Landing via Walter’s Wiggles Trail.
Go early. Zion is crowded in summer months, when it can be quite hot and water flows are low. Spring and fall are most pleasant, and winters are dry and sunny.
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