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A walk in the woods…. The Grotto and Emerald Pools Trail – Zion National Park, Utah

By on February 20, 2015 in USA

After leaving a snowy Park City behind, and a five-hour drive, it was nice to get out of the car and stretch the legs on the Grotto and Emerald Pools Trail – Zion National Park, Utah.

It was very early season in the park, so there were very few visitors and the lack of leaves on the trees meant we got some stunning views.

Zion National Park, Utah

Heading out on the trail via the visitors centre

Zion National Park, Utah

The deer were amazingly tame

Zion National Park, Utah

The trail

Zion National Park, Utah

Stunning rock formations

Zion National Park, Utah

The valley floor

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

As we started to climb the trail we started to gain some elevation, which meant we got some stunning views of the valley.

Zion National Park, Utah

Starting to head up the trail and gain some elevation

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Looking back down to the visitors’ centre

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Stunning early spring colours

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

The trail was highly managed with cut steps, hand rails and roped off areas.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Getting up close to the rocks was amazing as it allowed you to see how the spectacular valley was formed. The cracking and sloughing of the rocks from the cliff face was incredible.

Zion National Park, Utah

The trails are fairly easy, with the Emerald Pool trail proving the more challenging. The walk was only about 3 miles and took about 90 minutes. It was worth the effort as it gave some stunning views.

In the wet season, the waterfalls are supposed to be spectacular.

It was a great walk with some stunning views.

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