At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That's why Cedar Breaks National Monument's 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning this Saturday.
“During this spectacular display, visitors to the Monument will be able to see paintbrush and primrose, lupine and larkspur, and a spectrum of other flowers in meadows, woods, and marshes,” said Park Superintendent Paul Roelandt.
The festival runs through July 21. Volunteers will be available to lead guided walks each festival day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The walks, approximately one hour in length, will focus on the latest bloomers and how they live and survive in the subalpine habitat.
On festival weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., a variety of family-friendly activities will be offered in the Visitor Center area. Activities include “Wildflower Bingo,” “Daisy Defenders,” and much more.
Also available to assist visitors with identifying wildflowers is the “Wildflowers of Cedar Breaks” digital application (app). The app features over 100 common wildflowers with general description information, historic and traditional uses, and fun facts about the flowers. The app is available as a free download from iTunes and Android Market.
The park will host Zion Canyon Field Institute (ZCFI) classes to round out the schedule. The classes include: “Cedar Mountain Wildflowers” on July 12, “Wildflower Photography at Cedar Breaks” on July 15, and “Wildflower Journaling at Cedar Breaks” on July 15. Please contact ZCFI at 435-772-3264 for more information and to pre- register.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is located 23 miles east of Cedar City, Utah, along Highway 148 between Highway 14 and Brian Head. The park entrance fee is $4 per person, ages 16 and older. Those traveling to the festival should come prepared for cool weather at 10,000 feet.
Updated festival events and activities, “What’s in Bloom” self-guided maps, photography tips, and reference lists will be available at the Monument’s Visitor Center as well as in the Cedar City administrative office located at 2390 West Highway 56, Suite #11. Call 435-586-0787, x4031, for more information.