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Walk through a sea of colors at this year's Wasatch Wildflower Festival at Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude and Alta Resorts. The festival gives Utahns an opportunity to learn about Utah’s ecology from local naturalists and escape the heat of the valley while hiking through Cottonwood Canyon. Join local naturalists in learning about the stunning varieties of wildflowers July 26–28.

Hikes are broken into three categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and kids' walks. Hikers should arrive early with water, sturdy shoes, snacks, sunscreen and jackets. Some resorts offer tram and chairlift rides ranging from $3–$5 donation to the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.


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Hikes on Friday, July 26, begin at Brighton Resort in the morning and afternoon hikes with chairlift rides are scheduled at Solitude Resort. Alta Ski Area will offer hikes all day Saturday with live music by Lerraine and the Soul Vibrations. The festival ends at Snowbird on Sunday with tram rides taking vistors up the mountain, followed by a hike down through the flowers. For a full schedule of hikes click here.

The festivals began years ago when a few Alta locals were looking for an excuse to throw a block party during the summer flower season. What started as a small get together has now turned into a collaboration between non-profits Alta Community Enrichment, The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, The Snowbird Renaissance Center with support from Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and The U.S. Forest Service.


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