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(A yellow cactus flower sits on the trail to Murphy Point Overlook in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. Photo by Nate Carlisle/ The Salt Lake Tribune)
Southern Utah wildflower report

Canyonlands National Park — This is not the place you associate with blooming flowers.

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Southeastern Utah is suppose to be the land of red rocks and blowing sand. But while hiking Sunday in the Island In the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park, my friends and I saw some extra color.

Flowers href="http://www.nps.gov/cany/naturescience/cacti.htm" target="_blank">were blooming on many cacti. While hiking to Murphy Point Overlook, the first half of the trail had a steady supply of red cactus flowers and yellow. (Since you're not suppose to step off the trail and my the camera on my phone doesn't zoom, these photos don't do justice to the flowers.)

The southern Utah flowers are not confined to the desert floor. My friend on Saturday hiked the href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/52693061-117/allowed-boren-carlisle-hike.html.csp" target="_blank">Boren Mesa Trail in the La Sal Mountains. She said flowers, including Sego lilies, were blooming underneath the aspens.

The Boren Mesa Trail sits in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. href="http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/intermountain/BobsGarden/index.shtml" target="_blank">Click here to find a designated flower viewing area in that forest.

— Nate Carlisle

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