The ninth annual Wildflower Festival at Cedar Breaks National Monument will be in bloom this weekend through much of July.
From July 5-20, the sub-alpine meadows will be open to visitors, and wildflower walks showcasing the diverse flora will be offered daily.
Daphne Sewing representing the monument said the seeds of the festival were sewn as local botanists and city representatives wanted to share the beauty of the season with the public. She said the festival has grown over the years and added that the Fourth of July weekend will be especially busy.
“Last year I would say that through the weekend, on July 4th weekend, we probably had 6-7,000 people come through,” said Sewing. “Some of the wildflower walks were so large that we had to divide them up into two and three groups in order to accommodate everybody.”
Saturdays will be particularly eventful for the festival with presentations and special flower-themed activities from 10am to 3pm.
Sewing said this year the flowers are in early bloom, which will make for consistent color changes throughout the festival.
“Sometimes when we start our wildflower festival there’s not a lot blooming because we’ve have a late winter, but this year it’s be more of a dry to normal winter and so we’ve got lots of things blooming early,” said Sewing.
Sewing advises visitors to be prepared for unpredictable monsoon-season storms which she says are expected to make appearances during the festival.
For more information on dates and activities, visit the festival's website.