Tall Tales From The Field

Zion’s Many Many Pools Trail

Up on the Eastside of Zion National Park is an unmarked and unpublicized trail that offers a different look than the rest of the park. The Many Pools Trail is exactly what the name implies. A bunch of pools or potholes carved through erosion into the soft sandstone. The recent May rains have filled the pools and provided some great reflections. And in the spring you will find nature at work in the form of one little amphibian. The Canyon Tree Frog makes its home in these pools and I have photographed it and recorded its sounds that will be highlighted in my next post.  But for now, enjoy the landscape of their home.

 

The wash that leads to the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

The wash that leads to the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Zion Many Pools Me_6485

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The landscape is reflected in the still waters of the potholes on the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 responses

  1. Great trail; well photographed. Thanks for sharing!

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM

  2. Amy

    Breathtaking Wow!!! Thank you, Michael!

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

  3. Beautiful photos and trail. How did you find it? Is it easy to find? I’d love to hike it!

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    • Thanks Katelon. To get to the trail, start in the main canyon at Zion and drive towards the East Entrance. After the second tunnel, park at the third pull out on the right and go across the street where the Many Pools Trail starts.

      Liked by 1 person

      June 1, 2015 at 6:03 PM

  4. These beautiful pools add a lot to this already amazing landscape. Looking forward to seeing the frogs!

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 1:34 PM

  5. Oh wowie, those reflections in the little pools are just amazing. You must have each time aimed for just that right angle to get them in.

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    • Thanks Cornelia. I had to move around quite a bit to get the right angle but I had never seen these reflections in the years I was previously up there. I believe because of all the rain we have had, the water levels were high and produced better reflections

      Like

      June 1, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      • Aha, the different level of water, that makes total sense. You were blessed with this opportunity to produce such amazing images.

        Like

        June 1, 2015 at 7:49 PM

  6. These are fantastic reflections and landscapes, Michael. Beautifully composed and executed.

    Like

    June 1, 2015 at 11:32 PM

  7. Beautiful place and photos!

    Like

    June 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM

  8. What a beautiful place!

    Like

    June 2, 2015 at 8:29 PM

  9. Wow! I love these! What a wonderful place to be.

    Like

    June 3, 2015 at 11:02 AM

  10. Mind blowing… Each and every one.

    Like

    June 7, 2015 at 2:07 AM

  11. I’m thinking that “Many Pools Trail” must be a translation of an original native (Hopi? Anasazi? Pueblo?) term. Do you know what it might be? Zion is quite high on my life wish list, and I hope that I can make it some day!

    Like

    June 7, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s