The Kayenta trail starts by crossing the Virgin river, then follows the base of the mountains towards a shallow canyon called the Grotto:
Those are cottonwood trees along the river just coming into leaf. The photo doesn't do justice to the way the sun backlights them and makes them glow:
Me on a a teensy weensy rock outcropping. I'm adventurous but still a bit wimpy, so this is all the danger I can handle (that will change ... Zion is chock-a-block full of risky trails, actually, genuine risk is pretty much mandatory, but today is just a warm-up.)
The base of the creek that flows into the Virgin river, seen from above:
A small part of one of the middle Emerald Pools. (The trail was crawling with people, so I don't have too many wide angle photos, as those would give the impression of a bunch of tourists standing in a puddle).
A more strenuous side trail took us up to the upper Emerald Pool. This fills up when it rains, when a waterfall will briefly run off a cliff.
Looking up at those cliffs - perfect weather, so no waterfall today.
This is part of another middle Emerald Pool, which was flowing off the cliff a bit into the lower Emerald Pool. I know, nothing looks very emerald-esque today, more sandstoney.
I love slot canyons, and this trail had a short skinny one to walk through:
So this is at lower Emerald pool. It's pretty cool, there is a shallow cave underneath the waterfall, which was steadily dripping water as we passed under it.
View of mountains to the east as we hiked back towards the river:
Looking north and then south as we crossed the Virgin River.
Coming up next, the West Rim trail towards Angels Landing ...