Southwest Wildlife
Foundation, Utah

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to
wildlife rescue, wildlife & environmental education.

       Nature Park


Cedar Canyon Nature Park

In 2000, Pacificorp donated 22.6 acres of beautiful canyon property on the east side of Cedar City, Utah to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation (SWF) for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.  Nestled between two beautiful red Navajo sandstone mountains, this property is situated on the transition point between the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin environments.

The 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 CCC in the 1930’s.

In 2003 a paved walking and bicycle trail was completed through the SWF nature park property, connecting the Nature Park site to the city’s existing pedestrian trail system.

Boy Scouts completed several Eagle Scout projects on the property, including rehabilitation chambers, trail improvements, signs and a campfire program area.  Each year Boy Scouts return to improve the park, enlarge the campfire area and help to maintain it. This beautiful natural setting, with its rock-ring fire pit, in the midst of the junipers and the pines is frequently used for Boy Scouts courts of honor, family reunions and community concerts. 

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. For information on these programs please visit

In November 2012, a pedestrian bridge was completed which crosses Coal Creek and connects the north and south sides of the property which enables easier access to the public.

Volunteers and equipment are still needed to help us with grading, installing educational kiosks, engineering, architectural designs, and the development of a variety of new educational programs at the park. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at or call 435-586-4693.

The Foundation's current operations and future growth are funded entirely by  memberships, contributions and grants. Your donations are needed to start building.
Donations are appreciated!

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