My second trip to Zion National Park! It reminds me of Yosemite in the sense that what draws people here are the massive rock structures. But it’s also very different from Yosemite. It has beautiful red sandstone rocks, and the canyon walls are alight with shades of red and white.


For this trip, my mom and I hiked to the Emerald pools. We were the first ones on the trail that morning due to our early start to beat the Utah heat, which often goes above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the August summer.


To get to this trail you get off the park shuttle at the Zion Lodge and then walk across the street to the trailhead. It is a 3 mile round trip to the Upper Emerald pool and back. It’s a pretty easy hike, with only a moderate incline. The only part I found difficult is that a lot of the trail is through sand, which makes it slippery and a bit tougher to walk through.


The pools weren’t exactly full this time of year, but they were still pretty and unique to see in Utah during the summer. We did get to walk under a waterfall which was pretty cool. The waterfall is from the middle pool falling into the lower pool. On the way up to the Upper pool we saw a deer family.


Though this isn’t the most popular trail in Zion, it still offers unique and beautiful views up and down the canyon.