Dixie’s cool, colorful escape: Wildflower Festival Cedar Breaks; STGnews Videocast, Photo Gallery

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Wildflower Festival welcomes visitors to the Cedar Breaks visitor center where they meet to take tours, play games, and view the sun through telescopes. Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah, July 13, 2013 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT – Cedar breaks is located 23 miles east of Cedar City and is a national monument filled with vibrant red color at an elevation of 10,000 feet, color that reaches new heights every summer when the wildflowers bloom.

This year Cedar Breaks is celebrating its eighth Wildflower Festival. The festival began on July 7 and will end this upcoming weekend on July 21.

“The Wildflower Festival is a celebration of the wildflowers that bloom at Cedar Breaks,” Southern Utah University intern Rob Whitmore said, “Most of (the flowers) bloom in mid-July, so we have our festival now and people come from all over the world to see our wonderful flowers.”

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Videocast by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

Guided tours are offered twice daily at no charge, with the first one at 10 a.m., and the other at 1 p.m. The tours are essential for learning about the different species of wildflowers and give in-depth information on the 260 different flowers.

Self-guided walks are available as well with a “What’s in Bloom” handout.

There are also fun games for everyone of all ages to play, including, “Wildflower Bingo” and “Daisy Defender Gallery” where you can shoot at buckets labeled with things that harm flowers using a Nerf Gun. For example, insects, picking flowers, pollution.

Visitors also have the opportunity to look at the sun through special telescopes during the day and gaze at the stars at night.

One of the positives about visiting the Wildflower Festival is the chance to escape the hot weather in Southern Utah. The temperature at Cedar Breaks Monument has been around 75 degrees during the day for the past week.

Peter Blanchet, a 10th-grade biology teacher from Rhode Island, enjoyed his time seeing a different side of Southern Utah.

“We have been traveling through Utah for the past week,” Blanchet said, “the dry, badlands and all of the heat. We were told to check out Cedar Breaks because it will be totally different.”

There is just one week remaining if you are interested in attending the Wildflower Festival.

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Event recap

What: Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival

When: July 6-21, Guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Where: Cedar Breaks National Monument – Directions / Telephone 435-586-0787

 

Resources

Wildflower Festival Website

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Twitter: @STGnews

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