Middle Emerald Pools Trail at Zion National Park reopens in late 2009
Middle Emerald Pools Falls, photo: Don Graham / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Middle Emerald Pools Trail — one of Zion National Park’s most popular hiking trails — has been closed since December 2010 when heavy rain caused rockfalls and extensive mud slides destroying much of the trail. A $1 million grant awarded to the National Park Foundation by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation will fund needed repairs and improvements to the trail. With constraints requiring extensive reengineering, realignment, and reconstruction, the projected completion date for the trail project is December 2019, at which time it will reopen to the public.

The grant will also make it possible for up to 20,000 school children from throughout Utah to participate in engaging, hands-on, in-park experiences through programs such as the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids initiative and Concrete to Canyons.

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