Hike trails amid sub-alpine forests at Cedar Breaks National Monument during the Seventh Annual Wild Flower Festival, July 7-22. Wildflower specialists are on hand to guide walks each day from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to introduce you to a glorious array of delicate wild flowers.
It’s a perfect outing for the whole family with children old enough to walk unassisted, and if you’re looking for a place to escape the record breaking summer temps this year, the 10,000 feet elevation provides a bonus of refreshing summer temperatures at Cedar Breaks.
For those looking for a relaxing getaway, this festival fits the bill. The pace of the guided tour allows hikers to meander along the trail and wander through meadows blanketed with wild flowers. While trails are considered easy, the hardpan is slick. For this reason, appropriate footwear should be worn. For the same reason, strollers and wheelchairs are not recommended.
Cedar Breaks is located in Utah, on the western edge of the Markagunt Plateau which is more than 2,500 feet deep and stretches more than three miles across. The park has several trails for kids and families who want to do more hiking, and the views are spectacular.
Mineral deposits create a magnificent spectrum of colors and breathtaking beauty, and you’ll have a chance to walk among some of the oldest living trees on earth, the bristlecone pines. In fact, if you take the Spectra Point Trail, you’ll see a bristlecone tree that’s more than 1,600 years old!
Designated campsites are available for those who would like to spend more than one day, but campsites are limited to eight people and two camping units. That means two tents, or one tent and one trailer. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit; a perfect setting for creating those memorable evenings around the fire.
Before you head for Cedar Breaks Seventh Annual Flower Festival, check www.restore14.com to check on road construction on Highway 14. Currently the highway is open Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and on Fridays from 5 pm. through the weekend until Monday 7 a.m.
photo credit: National Parks Service