A Zion Classic. Built in 1926, the Emerald Pools "Trail" is a collection of short, linking loop trails and spurs across the river from Zion Lodge. The trail visits a couple of wonderful waterfalls, three small pools, and the amazing cirque where Heaps Canyon and Behunin Canyon drop into Zion Canyon. There are five distinct sections to the trail, and before descending Heaps or Behunin canyons, it is helpful to head up there and figure out the network, lest you arrive in the dark and be unable to find your way out.
The Emerald Pools area is especially beautiful in the spring, or after a thunderstorm in the summer, when water is flowing out of Heaps and Behunin and over the ledges into the Lower Pool. The area's access to sun, shade, and ample water promotes a wide variety of flora, especially around the pools.
Though the "pools" beckon hot, exhausted hikers during summer, these pools are neither deep, nor emerald, and the Park forbids swimming. Rappelling next to the lower waterfalls is also prohibited.