ENVIRONMENT

Wildflower season is blooming. Where and how to take in the views

Apr 19, 2024, 6:00 AM

Yellow wildflowers bloom on the green shores of Little Dell Reservoir. A sunset in the background....

Wildflowers bloom near Little Dell Reservoir in Emigration Canyon on June 3, 2023. (Mariah Maynes/KSL NewsRadio)

(Mariah Maynes/KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — Wildflower season is coming to change the snowy, blue, and white color palette of Utah’s landscapes to an array of pinks, purples, reds, whites, and yellows. 

Utah is home to hundreds of wildflower species. Often, they bloom as early as March and as late as September, according to Visit Utah. 

Where can I see them? 

Did you know that dandelions are wildflowers? According to the Natural History Museum of Utah, they are. Since the bright yellow flowers have gained a reputation for haphazardly sprouting up in gardens and lawns, you might even see some in your neighborhood. 

At lower elevations, wildflowers can begin blooming as early as March. Meanwhile, meadows at higher elevations typically bloom later, usually in June, July, or August, according to Visit Utah. 

Wildflowers bloom throughout the state of Utah. Those interested in taking in the colors likely won’t have to travel too far to see the blooms. 

From Northern to Southern Utah, a quick internet search can provide recommendations for wildflower viewing near you. Additionally, the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will host the Wasatch Wildflower Festival this summer. 

Viewing responsibly

While observing wildflower season blooms, it is important to keep the landscape in mind. If you head out into the mountains to see the colorful blooms, ensure that you adopt leave-no-trace practices. 

Firstly, according to the National Parks Service, you should always pack out your waste. Waste that you bring into a natural area, such as food wrappers or scraps, should also leave the area with you. If you find any litter, dispose of it properly. 

Additionally, you should also use public restroom facilities when they are available. If you are in an area without them, the NPS said you should dig a hole that is six to eight inches deep. The hole needs to be at least 200 feet from trails, campsites, and water. When you are done relieving yourself, cover and disguise the hole. 

Secondly, leave anything that already exists in the environment behind. 

For example, you should not pick or dig up wildflowers. Visit Utah said that relocation behaviors have pushed some species toward extinction. Due to their short blooming season, digging up or picking the flowers could further threaten them. 

Additionally, stay on marked trails. It will not only help ensure the preservation of native plants, but it could keep you safe from unseen dangers. 

Finally, the NPS said not to introduce new species of plants into an area. In some cases, newly introduced plants can take over, threatening those that are native. 

Remember that some animals rely on native plants to survive. By disrupting natural ecosystems, you could unintentionally cause harm the environment. 

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