Cedar Meadows is located about 4 miles west of Cedar City on Highway 56. The area is bordered approximately by Highway 56 on the north side, 5700 West on the west, 800 South on the south, and Westview Drive on the east. Habitat of the area is a mixture of agricultural hay fields, sagebrush and rabbitbrush, scattered Russian olive and cottonwood trees, and rural home developments. There are several homes scattered throughout the area and one subdivision (Cedar Meadows) on the north side of Highway 56. Access roads into the area are limited mainly to the above-mentioned boundary roads and a few high-clearance, 4-wheel drive trails. The Coal Creek diversion canal bisects area east to west.
Cedar Meadows is a good area for wintering raptors including NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED, FERRUGINOUS, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN and BALD EALGE, PRAIRIE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL. In summer SWAINSON'S HAWK are also present. There is a pair of BALD EAGLES that have nested for several years in a large cottonwood tree about one-quarter mile southwest of the Cedar Meadows subdivision. In order to not disturbed the eagles during the nesting season (February through June), birders are encouraged to view the birds from the road at the sw corner of the subdivision. Other common birds of the Cedar Meadows area include MOURNING and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, NORTHERN FLICKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN ROBIN, BARN SWALLOW, YELLOW WARBLER, LARK and BREWER'S SPARROW (summer), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (winter), DARK-EYED JUNCO (winter), RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.
From I-15 exit 59 in Cedar City head west on 200 North/UT-56 for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Westview Drive and go south for 1.1 mile. Turn right onto 400 south and continue 2 miles west. This is the heart of Cedar Meadows. Alternatively, from I-15 exit 59 in Cedar City head west on 200 North/UT-56 for 4.4 miles. Turn left on 5300 West/Gertrude Drive and go south for .8 miles. This puts you to the west of the area on improved roads.
Thanks to Steve Hedges for this location submission.