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Wildflowers in bloom at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Emily Hammer, St. George News

CEDAR BREAKS — It’s clear you’re close to Cedar Breaks National Monument when you pass fields full of wildflowers, from red and yellow to a deep purple. These beautiful flowers are the backdrop for the Wildflower Festival, which lasts until Sunday.

Wildflowers in bloom at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Emily Hammer, St. George News
Wildflowers in bloom at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Emily Hammer, St. George News

Every year, as all the flowers bloom, Cedar Breaks National Monument holds the festival, which includes beautiful sights, activities for kids and guided tours. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, the weather at the monument is also much fairer, with frequent breezes to cool off any visitors.

The guided tours are held every day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are about one hour long. The guides, who are volunteers for the park, pick the section of the park to show, and identify flowers for visitors, as well as tell stories and give Native American uses for the plants.

On weekends, there are different activities held at the Visitor Center, which is up by the Point Superior viewpoint, including chalk drawing and learning about different pollinators that help the flowers thrive.

Wildflowers in bloom at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Travis Hammer, St. George News
Wildflowers in bloom at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Travis Hammer, St. George News

Wade Hess, Cedar Breaks park ranger, said that this year has been excellent for wildflowers because of the wet spring.

“People should come out (to the festival),” Hess said. “It’s one of the only places where you can see so many flowers such a concentrated area.”

Event details

  • What: Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival
  • Where: Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • When: July 4-19, guided tours every day 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Park fee $5 per person

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Resources

  • Find more information about activities, hikes and camping in Cedar Breaks here.

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