Zion Park: Emerald PoolsZion Park

It's the water in Zion that brings the desert to life.

Zion is a high altitude desert of stunning natural beauty, where clean, clear skies lend the perfect palate for multi-hued sunsets. The horizon in many areas is vast, forbidding and thirsty where jagged rock pillars offer the only pockets of shade.  It is a scene of technicolor sandstone, situated in the harshest of environments  giving  life to scorpions, cactus and other creatures that are rugged enough to adapt to the heat and yet also survive the cold winters. Within the park boundaries is an oasis where water abundant making Zion National Park one of the most incredible places on earth.  In addition to the water in the park, immense vertical canyon walls offer refuge from the blaring sun even on the hottest of summer days. Within many of the parks canyons there are seeps providing water to hanging gardens of maiden-hair fern, monkey flower and brilliant bouquets of columbine.  Water has also shaped and molded Zion and the slot canyons flowing into the park from its boundaries.  It brings life to the plants and animals here, yet it usually comes in torrents or not at all - either starve or drown. 

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If you plan to stay in your car with the air conditioner running you will have no need for the information on this page, but if you want to experience Zion to its fullest, which can only be done on foot, then this page will be invaluable to you.  Zion offers a variety of trails lead to stunning displays of water cascading from sandstone-steps and towering cliffs. Easy, classic paths taking hikers to water are exceptionally popular such as  Weeping Rock, Lower Emerald Pools and the Riverside Walk. For the more adventurous, the Zion Narrows is an adventure that few will ever top.  Start in East Zion and hike 16-miles through the river or start in Zion Canyon and just hike up stream as far as you want to go. The Virgin River supplies the majority of water found in the park.  It looks calm most of the time; however it drops nine times faster than the Colorado River. When it flashes it becomes a torrent of force that alters its watercourse and poses a threat to human lives. Be sure to check the weather report and heed the cautions of rangers.                     

Directions to Zion National Park

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. See restrictions for RV's.

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Zion Park: Pine Creek Waterfall

Zion Photo: Pine Creek is a wonderful little swimming hole at the end of a short hike. Its not far off Zion's main road, SR-9, but few know of this area. Pine Creek can be hiked from the Zion -Mt. Carmel Tunnel area to the start of the switchbacks.


Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.


Zion Park: Zion NarrowsExploring the Canyons in Zion link

Canyoneering, is the term used to describe amphibious technical hiking. Not all the slot canyons in Zion require the skills of a climber and swimmer.

The Zion Narrows is perhaps the most spectacular slot canyon in the park and it is easily traveled by most average hikers.

Zion Narrows
Right Fork North Creek

For those who have some rope skills,
semi-technical slot canyons are an option.

Orderville Canyon
You do not have to walk through water to find gorgeous waterfalls, emerald green ponds or to take a leisurely stroll along a river. Here is a list of the hikes that fit into that category.


Easy Trails

Weeping Rock
Riverside Walk
Lower Emerald Pools
Pa'rus Trail

Moderate Trails
Pine Creek
Emerald Pools (middle and upper)

Strenuous Trails that require
good navigational skills
Parunuweap Canyon

Zion Park: Emerald Pools


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