Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park
The Emerald Pools Trail is a light hike from the park's lodge, featuring a palette of fall colors just as enchanting as the three pools the trail is named for. To help deal with crowds and limited parking, Zion National Park steers visitors to the convenient shuttle system. The handful of popular trails served by the shuttle can get downright packed during high season, but coming in fall means lighter crowds, especially if you hit the trail early on a weekday.
Fall Colors at Zion National Park
Fall colors in the desert? Yes, indeed. Zion’s creeks, seeps, and washes glow with surprising dabs of red, pink, gold, and everything in between as maples, box elders, cottonwoods, aspens, ashes, and oaks show off their autumn finest.
Zion's charming gateway town Springdale has experienced a surge thanks to recent interest in Zion, with new hotels and restaurants springing up to host park visitors. For most of Zion's main attractions, you can leave the car behind: Take the Springdale shuttle to the park entrance, or walk in from town, an easy 20-minute stroll. The views from Springdale are good enough that you might even decide to stay there for the day, enjoying coffee and homemade scones on the roof deck at Deep Creek Coffee Company or browsing the galleries and rock shops.