• Wasatch Wildflower Festival

July 21 & 22, 2018 – Big Cottonwood Canyon
July 28 & 29, 2018 – Little Cottonwood Canyon

***NEW THIS YEAR*** Self-Guided AND Naturalist-Guided Hikes!

No pre-registration required! Enjoy an easy 45 minute stroll or [up to] a 3 hour challenging hike with our trained Wasatch Wildflower Guides…or grab a map of the route and head out on your own. Naturalists will be stationed along hiking routes to share information about particular points of interest. Marvel at the beautiful flora and fauna while learning about our amazing Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest!  Our naturalist guides have been training for months to provide four unique and locally celebrated days!

Most hikes take place at a gentle pace to accommodate wildflower viewing and discussion, but some are longer in distance and time.  Difficulty ratings of “kids, easy, moderate, or advanced” are provided based on trail difficulty or length, not level of wildflower knowledge.

Footing can be loose in many places, so please wear appropriate shoes.  All hikes are at high elevation.  Please plan to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, walking stick or any other items to ensure your own comfort and needs.  Prepare with layers in case of changing weather during the day.

Some hikes involve riding chairlifts or a and tram have a more strict departure time to accommodate lift departures or operating hours.   * Discounted lift and tram fees apply on some hikes (see details below).

Kids craft activities, live music and various resort discounts (food and lodging) help you enjoy your day beyond your hike!  Each resort provides a unique experience.

Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum), this year’s WWF flower!

Because the Wasatch Wildflower Festival occurs on watershed lands, dogs are not allowed at these events.

We reserve the right to cancel hikes or end hikes early based on severe weather or other factors.

Please carpool with friends and family to reduce congestion and impact on canyon roads.

The Festival is a collaborative partner event, including:  Alta Community Enrichment, Alta Environmental Center, Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Friends of Alta, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and the US Forest Service – Salt Lake Ranger District.

This day is 100% free, but we are always appreciative of donations to fund this and many other environmental education programs we offer.  We offer t shirts, posters and other items available for sale, and accept cash, checks and debit/credit for purchases or program donations.

 

The Wasatch Wildflower Festival was created by Alta Community Enrichment (ACE), a tight-knit community of Alta friends and was funded by completely by the Alta Lodge. The idea sprung up after the community was discussing how they wanted to share their beautiful environment, flowers, food, musicians and the community of Alta with each other and the rest of the world. The first festival was in 1996 and was one of ACE’s first events, it included a wildflower walk, live music and food. 

 

Wasatch Wildflower Festival 2018 Schedule

We are looking for sponsors for the festival this year! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Saturday, July 21st – 9 AM to 2 PM

Brighton Resort

Meeting place: Brighton Resort – Alpine Resort Lodge (behind main resort building), Alpine Rose Deck

Walks depart as groups fill and will return to the registration area by 2 PM. 

 

  • Kids Walks:
    • Especially designed with kids in mind, featuring fun wildflower activities along the route!
    • Duration: Less than 1 hour.  Kids must be accompanied by their adult guardian.
    • Last walk departs at 1 PM.
  • Easy Walks:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Duration: 1 to  1 ½ hours.
    • Last walk departs at 12:30 PM.
  • Moderate Walks:
    • Beginning on lower mountain trails and winding up the ski hill trails toward Lake Mary
    • Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours.
    • Last walk departs at 12 PM.
  • Advanced Walks:
    • Walk will follow the Brighton Lakes Loop from Lake Mary to Twin Lake, down to Silver Lake.
    • Duration 1 ½ to 2 hours.
    • Last walk departs at 9:30 AM.
  • American Sign Language Walk:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Duration: 1 to  1 ½ hours.
    • Walk departs at 10:00 AM.
  • Additional activities/entertainment:
    • Check back for more information!

Sunday, July 22nd – 9 AM to 2 PM

Solitude Mountain Resort

Meeting place: Solitude Mountain Resort – Entry 2, Solitude Village, near Stone Haus

Walks depart as groups fill and will return to the registration area by 2 PM.  Walks with chair lifts incur a discounted lift charge.

 

 

  • Kids Walks:
    • Along Lower Mountain Route on gentle terrain.
    • Duration: 45 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
    • Last walk departs at 1 PM.
  • Easy Walks: 
    • Along Lower Mountain base trails.
    • Duration: 1 hour.
    • Last walk departs at 1 PM.
  • Moderate Walks with lift:
    • Ride up the Sunrise lift with a hike to Lake Solitude (includes lift ride back down).
    • Duration: 2 to 2 ½ hours.
    • $6 lift ticket required (resort donates back to CCF).
    • Trail to Lake Solitude is moderate, with one short, but steep, section near the lake.
    • Last walks departs at 12 PM.
  • Advanced Walks with lift:
    • Begin with a ride up Sunrise Lift, with a winding hike back down the mountainside.
    • Duration: 2 to 3 ½ hours.
    • $6 lift ticket required (resort donates back to CCF).
    • This hike is not strenuous, but it should be noted that the hike down is quite long in duration.
    • Last walk departs at 9:30 AM.
  • American Sign Language Walk:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Duration: 1 to  1 ½ hours.
    • Walk departs at 10:00 AM.
  • Additional activities/entertainment:
    • Kids art station (coloring/painting pages, paint a wildflower t shirt).
    • Check back for more information!
  • Lodging discounts:
    • Check back for more information!

Saturday, July 28th – 9 AM to 2 PM

Alta Ski Area

Meeting place: Alta Ski Area, Albion Base entry, parking lot behind the Albion Grill

Walks depart as groups fill and will return to registration area by 2 PM.

 

  • Kids Walks:
    • Walks along the base designed with kids in mind, with fun and interactive wildflower activities along the way!  Discover what wildflowers need to grow and thrive.  We’ll look for wildflowers and wildlife of the Albion Basin.
    • Duration: Less than 1 hour.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
    • Last walk 1 PM.
  • Easy Walks:
    • Walk takes place streamside along the gentle terrain of the base area through willows, wetlands, and meadows on the Lower Albion Meadows Trail.
    • Duration: About 1 hour.
    • Last walk 1 PM.
  • Moderate Walks:
    • Take the Sunnyside lift to the top and hike down through Albion Meadows.  This walk offers a wonderful variety of flower viewing habitats including meadows, shaded spruce-fir stands, nears streams, and sunny, rocky slopes.
    • Duration: About 1 ½ hours.
    • Last walk departs at 12 PM.
  • Advanced Walks:
    • Take the Sunnyside lift to the top, hike to Cecret Lake, and then back down through Albion Basin.
    • North-facing slopes allow for wildflower viewing through a variety of habitats.
    • Duration: About 1 ½ hours.
    • Last walk departs at 9:30 AM.
  • American Sign Language Walk:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Duration: 1 to  1 ½ hours.
    • Walk departs at 10:00 AM.
  • Additional activities/entertainment:
    • Check back for more information

Sunday July 29th –  9 AM to 2 PM

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird Center Plaza Deck, Entry 2

All walks depart as groups fill.  Walks requiring the tram ride depart between 9 AM and 12 PM (see below).  Groups will return to the registration area by 2 PM.  There will be a discounted tram charge for walks using the tram.

 

 

 

  • Kids Walks:
    • Along Barrier Free Trail with fun wildflower activities along the way!
    • Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
    • Does not involve tram.
    • Last walk departs by 1 PM.
  • Easy Walks:
    • Along the ADA Accessible Barrier Free Trail.
    • Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours.
    • Last walk leaves by 12 PM.
  • Moderate Walks:
    • Tram ride to the top, followed by a hike into Mineral Basin and a ride down Peruvian Chair.
    • Duration: 2 to 3 hours.
    • Last walk departs by 11 AM.
  • Advanced Walks:
    • Tram ride to the top, followed by a hike into Mineral Basin, through the Peruvian Tunnel, back up to Mt. Baldy, and a tram ride down.
    • Duration: 3 to 4 hours.
    • Last walk departs at 9:30 AM.
  • American Sign Language Walk:
    • Silver Lake boardwalk
    • Duration: 1 to  1 ½ hours.
    • Walk departs at 10:00 AM.
  • Additional activities/entertainment:
    • Kids art station (coloring pages, paint a wildflower t shirt).
    • Check back for more information
The Wasatch Wildflower Festival (WWF) is a four-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 Elise Hinman at volunteer@cottonwoodcanyons.org or call 801-930-5010 ext. 100