• Wasatch Wildflower Festival 2017

We hope you’ll join us!

Wasatch Wildflower Festival

July 22 at Brighton & July 23 at Solitude

July 29 at Alta & July 30 at Snowbird

Times TBD

Most hikes take place at a gentle pace to accommodate wildflower viewing and discussion, but some are long in length or duration.  Difficulty ratings of “beginner, intermediate, or advanced” are based on trail difficulty or length, not level of wildflower knowledge.

Footing can be loose in many places. All hikes are at high elevation. Please plan to bring water, snacks, wear sturdy shoes, layers, sunscreen, a hat, and any other items to ensure your own comfort and needs.

Please also note, hikes involving chairlifts or the tram have a more strict departure time to accommodate lift departures or operating hours. Hikes not involving lifts depart as groups fill.

Please also note, CCF reserves the right to cancel hikes or end hikes early based on severe weather or other factors.


Wasatch Wildflower Festival 2017 Schedule – TBD

Check back soon!


Wasatch Wildflower Festival 2016 Schedule:

Brighton Resort

  • Friday, July 29th – Morning (Meet at Milly Chalet)
  • Beginner Walks:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Lower mountain walks
    • 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:00 AM
    • Duration: 1 – 1 ½ hours
  • Intermediate Walks:
    • Beginning on lower mountain trails and winding up the ski hill trails
    • Lake Mary
    • Lake Solitude trail
    • 10:00 AM
    • Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours
  • Advanced Walks:
    • Walk will progress toward upper lakes (accessibility permitting).
    • Twin Lakes and Lake Mary/Martha
    • 9:30 AM
    • Duration 1 ½ to 2 hours
  • Kids Walks:
    • Especially designed with kids in mind, featuring fun wildflower activities along the route!
    • Base area on gentle terrain.
    • 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
    • Duration: Less than 1 hour. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.


Solitude Mountain Resort 

  • Friday, July 29th – Afternoon (Entry 2 in the Village)
    • Walks depart as groups fill
    • Walks which involve the chairlift require a $5 lift charge.
    • Walks which involve the chairlift will not be offered after time listed, in order to accommodate lift operating hourss
  • Beginner Walks: Lower Mountain Wildflower Walk
    • Along base trails
    • Ongoing, between 3:00 – 6:00 PM
    • Duration: 1 hour
  • Kids Walks: Along Lower Mountain Route on gentle Terrain
    • Along base trails
    • 3:30 and 4:30 PM
    • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Intermediate Wildflower Walks with lift:
    • Ride up Sunrise lift with a hike to Lake Solitude, riding back down lift.
    • Depart between 3:00 – 4:30 PM
    • Duration 2 – 2 ½ hours
    • $5 lift ticket required (donation to CCF)
    • Trail to Lake Solitude is moderate, with one short, but steep, section near the lake.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Wildflower Walks with lift:
    • These walks begin with a ride up Sunrise Lift with a winding hike down the mountain
    • Depart between 3:00 – 4:30 PM.
    • Duration 2-3 ½ hours
    • $5 lift ticket required. (donation to CCF)
    • This hike is not strenuous, but it should be noted that the hike down is quite long in duration.


Alta Ski Area 

  • Saturday, July 30th  (Entry 2, Albion Grill)
  • Beginner Walks
    • Lower Albion Meadows Trail
    • Walk takes place along gentle terrain along base area, through willows, meadows and along streamside to allow for excellent variety of wetland wildflowers and other species.
    • About 1 hour
    • 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.
  • Intermediate Wildflower Walks
    • Albion Meadows Trail at a gentle grade. This walk allows for wonderful variety of flowers blooming in habitats including meadows, shaded spruce-fir stands, nears streams, and sunny, rocky slopes.
    • About 1 1⁄2 hours.
    • 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.
  • Advanced Walk
    • Twin Lakes Pass trail. Trail is very steep and rocky in sections.
    • North-facing slopes allow for wildflower viewing through a variety of habitats. About 1 ½ hours.
    • 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.
  • Kids Wildflower Walks
    • Walks along the base designed with kids in mind, fun and interactive wildflower activities along the way! Discover what wildflowers need to grow!  We’ll look for wildflowers and wildlife of Albion Basin.
    • Approximately 45 minutes
    • 9:30am and 10:30am
    • Kids walks depart as groups fill. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.
    • Ongoing Art and Entertainment activities at base from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Live Accoustic Music by Leraine Horstmanshoff & Nathaniel Dupertuis

    • 8:30am-12:30pm


Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

  • Sunday July 31st (Plaza Deck, Entry 2)
  • 8:30 – 9:30AM Sign up hikes requiring tram
    • $5 donation to the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation for Tram hikes.
    • Walks along lower mountain trails and not riding the tram do not require early sign-up.


  • 9:30AM, 10:00 AM, & 10:30 AM -these require sign up (day of) and purchase of tram ticket
    • Tram departs for Wildflower Hikes, beginner and advanced:
    • Advanced Hike: Departs at 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30
      • Tram ride up with a hike down the mountain. Hike is all down hill, but several miles in length, with some steep sections and loose footing.  Plan for 3-4 hours
    • Intermediate Hike: Departs at 9:30 and 10:30
      • Tram Ride up, hike into Mineral Basin and ride down Peruvian Chair. 2-3 hous
    • Beginner Hike: Departs at 9:30 and 10:30
      • Rides up tram with gentle walk at top of tram with ride back down. 1 ½ to 2 hours.

*Please note, hikes involving the Tram depart early and only at listed times, in order to accommodate the Tram and long duration of the hikes.

  • 9:30 -11:30 AM Lower Mountain Wildflower Walks
    • Barrier Free Trail
    • Hikes depart for walks every 20 minutes as groups fill.
    • Duration: 1 hr to 1 ½ hours. Does not involve tram.
  • 10:00 and 11:00 AM Wasatch Adaptive Hikes & Kids Walks
    • Along Barrier Free Trail with fun wildflower activities along the way!
    • 45 minutes.
    • Does not involve tram.

*Wasatch Adaptive Sports will be offering accessible hikes on the Barrier- Free Trail at Snowbird. This 1 mile walk (out and back) paved trail is great for wheelchairs, walkers or any individual looking for an accessible way to experience the wildflowers and beauty of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Wasatch Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing recreational opportunities to children, adults and veterans with adaptive needs.



The Wasatch Wildflower Festival is a three-day event hosted at the four Cottonwood Canyon Ski Areas to celebrate the beauty and diversity of wildflowers in the Wasatch and to educate visitors on how to ensure the protection of this important natural resource.  The WWF’s guided walks and activities are designed to reinforce careful stewardship and awareness of the ecology of the watershed environment.  The festival is not designed to promote more visitorship, but to instead capture the interest of the community and create a sustainable way of celebrating this important and beautiful season in the canyons.  Another goal of the festival is to disperse or help balance use in this window of high visitorship in the canyons.

We hope you’ll join us!

For more information please contact info@cottonwoodcanyons.org or call 801.466.6411.



Wasatch Wildflower Festival Extras!

Looking for a place to stay in the beauty of the Wasatch during the festival?

Solitude Mountain Resort

Guests attending the Wasatch Wildflower Festival at Solitude Mountain Resort can receive a $99 hotel room rate at The Inn at Solitude or 20% off condominium style accommodations at select Solitude Resort Lodging managed properties.

Valid July 29th– 31st, 2016.

To make reservations, please call 801.536.5765 and mention code LILY or mention that you had seen this on the Wasatch Wildflower website.

Based on availability. Not valid towards luxury homes. New reservations only.

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Check out these great rates!

  • Bed and Breakfast package from $80 per person based on double occupancy exclusive of taxes and fees.
  • El Chanate Dine and stay from $85 per person based on double occupancy exclusive of taxes and fees.
  • Just need a room stay the Inn starting at $119 plus taxes and fees.

For reservations and availability please check out this link:  https://reservations.snowbird.com/

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Fuel up before you hit the trail with our guides!

Milly Chalet

$5.00 offer for delicious coffee and a cinnamon roll during the festival on Friday, July 29th

Get it while the coffee is still hot!

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