In October 2000, Rocky Mountain Power/PacifiCorp donated 22.6 acres of majestic canyon property in Cedar City, Utah to create a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.
Nestled between beautiful red sandstone mountains, our goal is to provide a public educational facility dedicated to the environments represented by the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. The Cedar Canyon Nature Park sits on the transition point between these two unique ecosystems.
This site is the historical site of Southern Utah Power Co. which was built in 1952. Coal Creek flows through the center of the property year-round and includes a waterfall built by the Cedar City Corporation in the 1930’s.
In the spring of 2003 a paved walking and bicycle trail was built through this property with matching funds from Utah Division of Parks and Recreation and Cedar City, connecting the 23-acre nature park to the city’s existing trail system.
Boy Scouts from Utah and Nevada have worked on a number of projects, including rehabilitation chambers, trail improvements, signs and a campfire program area. Each summer the SWF property is host to a free Campfire Concert in the Canyon series showcasing the Nature Park property and local musical talent in Southern Utah.
In 2012, over 320 volunteer hours, a Cedar City RAP tax donation of $15,500, a $10,000 George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation grant, and many other donations were gathered to build and install a 96′ long pedestrian bridge crossing Coal Creek connecting the Cedar Canyon Nature Park trailhead to the existing trail system. This was the creation of our Memorial Bridge.
We are currently working on Phase VI of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park Master Plan: The construction of an Information Destination and ADA public restroom facility. It will be located along the existing city trail just south of our footbridge and west of our campfire program area. Construction began in October 2016. This was made possible thanks to generous donations of materials from The Home Depot, $26,000 Utah Recreational Trails Program grant, $25,000 George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation grant, $5,000 contribution from Rocky Mountain Power, $27,500 Cedar City RAP Tax funds and Share the Love Campaign fundraiser through Findlay Subaru of St. George. Additionally, our Construction and Development Committee members, retired NASA architect Roy Tryon, retired contractor, owner of Terrapeutic Tractor Services and green builds enthusiast Ben Herring, and environmental specialist and permits expert Alysen Swenson, have donated countless hours of their time and expertise towards this project.
We are happy to announce that our first $100,000 has been pledged for our next project, our Visitors Center, which we will begin seeking funding for upon completion of our Information Destination and ADA Public Restrooms facility. Brainstorming for the design of our Visitor Center and Natural History Museum has already begun.
Volunteers and equipment are still needed to help us with grading, installing educational kiosks, engineering, architectural designs, construction of paths, benches, a stage and pergolas, and the development of a variety of new educational programs at the park. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at email@example.com or call 435-586-4693.