At 10,000 feet, summer comes late to Cedar Breaks – and when it finally does, it bursts onto the scene in a wild explosion of color. Showcasing more than 260 colorful species of wildflowers in full bloom, wildflower season peaks in mid-July. With cooler temperatures and breathtaking views, there’s no better place to stop and smell the wildflowers in summer.
Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival
To celebrate wildflower season, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts an annual wildflower festival with guided hikes, ranger-led talks, wildflower checklists and family-friendly activities. Guided walks begin at the Point Supreme area each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The newly opened Family Discovery Center located at the north Alpine Pond trailhead will feature exhibits, games and hands-on activities. Activities include wildflower photography and journaling, solar scope viewing, wildflower Bingo and more. Kids can also earn a junior ranger badge.
Summer in Cedar Breaks brings endless fields of wildflowers. Mother Nature’s extravagant display of wildflowers includes lupine, mountain larkspur, primrose, cushion phlox, aspen bluebells and kittentails. Explore the beauty of the sub-alpine forests at Cedar Breaks, strolling the trails and wandering the meadows. The colorful displays peak in mid-July with scarlet paintbrush, Colorado columbine, sunflowers and more.
Brian Head Peak
At 9,300 feet, Brian Head is the highest-elevation town in Utah, peaking at 11,307 feet. Thanks to the cool alpine temperatures, vast fields of wildflowers cover the landscape in waves of rich color: deep purple mountain larkspur, lavender penstemon, bright yellow woody aster and feathery red Indian paintbrush. Further up Brian Head, white and pale blue columbine, mountain bluebells and bright yellow cinquefoil cling to the slopes.
Scenic Byway 143
Travel along Utah’s Patchwork Parkway and you’re sure to encounter fields of wildflowers. From Parowan to Panguitch, Scenic Byway 143 winds across breathtaking plateaus, from 6,000 feet to 10,000 feet in elevation. By mid-July, the slopes from Dixie National Forest to Cedar Breaks are painted with breathtaking wildflower meadows.
Depending on the elevation, wildflower season begins near the end of June and runs through the beginning of August. Mid-July is peak time for colors and blooms.