Many Pools is an easy, scenic day hike in Zion National Park. Along this off-the-beaten-path hike, you'll cross multiple pools in the slickrock that fill with water.

To get there, drive about .8 miles east of the smaller tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway. There will be a place to pull out and park on a large turn. Continue walking down the road about 150 yards east and cross the street before the next turn. There is no marked trail, but there should be a small path that leads down through some trees into the bowl on the other side.

There is no official trail, you just find your way up the wide canyon anyway that you want. During the spring and winter the streams and the pools will be filled with water. During the summer and fall it is more dry, but after a storm there will be streams running down and filling the pools. The canyon is on a slight incline, but it is not too bad.

There will be lots of great photo opportunities, so be sure to bring a camera. There are great views of the red and white canyon walls rising above you as well as some patches of green from the bushes and trees that dot the canyon. There are also some beautiful wildflowers in the spring and summer. The pools offer great reflections of the surrounding mountains. Most of the times I have done this hike, my companions and I have been the only ones there. Overall it is an easy, scenic, and secluded hike.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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mini pools

I just hiked this last week i loved the study terrain the higher you hike the more pools you find. Some are deeper then others most filled with green moss and tadpoles!

about 1 year ago

Memorial Day in Zion: Saw 0 People on This Trail!

The title says it all. We made the mistake of pulling into Zion on Memorial Day during a road trip. Luckily, we were visiting a family friend who works for the Park and followed his recommendation to beat the crowds at this spot. It was so serene and quiet, and a really mild hike. I was feeling really sick that day, but didn't want to miss out (I mean...it's Zion...), so this hike was exactly what I needed. We also found this tiny, six or seven inch arch high up on a canyon wall. It was probably the only time I've thought a geological formation was cute, but it was very cute!

Even fun in the winter.

Did this hike in December with my family. The snow made the sand stone pop, and filled the pools with ice and snow! In general, I highly suggest going to Zion in the winter because the crowds vanish and the snow is magical.


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