Emerald Pools

One of the best things about living in Utah is the proximity to “outside.” We have a LOT of outside in this state. And most of it is very pretty.

This, however, is effing spectacular.

It’s Zion National Park, in southern Utah. And it’s most definitely worth the trip to the weirdest state in the entire U.S.

I travel a lot for work, and when I go to rural areas, my favorite thing to do in my free time is hike. These photos were taken during the fall along the Emerald Pools trail in Zion. It’s a relatively easy hike, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I usually prefer to hike somewhere near water, and this is just the ticket.

Upper Emerald Pool. This is around 9 am in November, so the light isn’t that fantastic, but the temperature is cool and comfortable, and there aren’t tourists swarming all over the place. I only saw one other person during the entire 3 hour hike.

You can definitely see why they call these three (there is a series: Lower, Middle and Upper) the Emerald Pools.

And then there’s just the sheer scale of this place. These cliffs are easily a few hundred feet high. Every time I go to Zion, I am a little bit in awe of how incredible this planet is, and how powerful the forces that shaped it like this. The canyons lend perspective to how minute and fleeting my own worries and triumphs are, and somehow that is very comforting to me.

Bottom line: if you live in Utah and you haven’t gone to Zion, November is a great time of year for it. If you don’t live in Utah, it’s worth the trip. And November is still a great time for it.

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