Visitors to Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah this weekend will be able to enjoy some stories out of the past as the monument celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Every year, the park offers its Stories of the Past Festival to touch on a different period of the park's, and the region's, history. This year the festival will focus on the Southern Paiutes' history and connections to Cedar Breaks.
Beginning Thursday, there will be a self-guided history walk along the half-mile Campground Trail in the park. Interpretive signs along the trail will explain how the Southern Paiutes traditionally used the mountains, traditions that continue today.
Each day through Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., there will be family friendly activities offered, such as Que 'Pauck (a game similar to hockey), Paiute Vocabulary, and Rock Art Design. On Saturday members of the Paiute tribe will perform a traditional Sheep Dance at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
On Sunday at 1 p.m. the park's 80th Anniversary will be marked with a reading of the proclamation that created Cedear Breaks National Monument, followed by serving of birthday cake.
The park's usual schedule of interpretive programs also will be offered, with geology talks at 10 a.m.and 4 p.m., a Ranger Choice program at noon, and a Ranger Choice walk at 2 p.m. On Saturday night, a star party will be held at Point Supreme beginning at 9 p.m.