Cedar Hills


Sitting at 5,280 feet in elevation, Cedar Hills is Utah’s “Mile High City!” The word has certainly spread about what a great place Cedar Hills is to live! Cedar Hills City has experienced phenomenal growth since 2003.
Cedar Hills is the trailhead to adventure; it's the perfect destination to access the picturesque mountains overlooking Utah Valley on one side and Heber Valley on the other. Located near the entrance to American Fork Canyon, Cedar Hills is the starting point for adventure and popular attractions such as Timpanogos Cave, Alpine Loop, and Tibble Fork Reservoir. Residents enjoy close access to the canyon for hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, ATVing, and more. 
Cedar Hills is located against the mountainside and bordered by Pleasant Grove to the south and Highland to the west. 


Cedar Hills is known for having excellent schools and takes pride in offering a quality education to all.



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Ski Resorts

We wouldn't be very good Utahns if we didn't mention the great skiing available! Utah is known for having some of the best powder and ski resorts in the world. Most of them are less than an hour's drive away from Draper. 







Cedar Hills is approximately 10 miles from Interstate-15, making it a great location to live for those who work in either Utah or Salt Lake counties. The city is 16 miles from Provo and 33 miles from Salt Lake City.  You can access I-15 via the Timpanogos Highway (SR-92) with a non-stop commuter lane westbound to the freeway (exit 282).


Cedar Hills is built upon an alluvial fan, or bench, created thousands of years ago when it was a shoreline of Lake Bonneville. Early settlers referred to the area as “The Bench.” Because of the growth of cedar trees, the area was later referred to as Cedar Hills. The bench provides a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, Utah Lake, and Utah Valley. Cedar Hills was established as a community in 1977.  
The dry bench upon which Cedar Hills is located provided little attraction to Native Americans. They preferred camping near streams, such as in American Fork Canyon. Several Native American artifacts were found upon the bench, however, including an Indian bowl (found by Paul Adams and currently on display at a Brigham Young University museum) and numerous arrowheads. The arrowheads were probably dropped during skirmishes between the Utah Valley Indians and the Shoshones.
Various forms of wildlife flourished in the area. Coyotes prowled along the bench. Wild cats, red foxes, bears, deer, skunks, and rabbits also lived in the area. Some deer, skunks, and rabbits can still be seen around Cedar Hills.
Early settlers began to make their homes in settlements around the area of what is now Cedar Hills. The surrounding cities of Pleasant Grove and Alpine were settled between 1849 and 1850. Later, a large portion of the area was used for dry farming, which proved to be unsuccessful. A few planted plots existed among the sage brush, but much of the area was used to pasture livestock. Other forms of livelihood among early settlers included trapping and turkey farming.
The bench eventually became a turkey ranch. The David Evans Company Advertising Agency, advertiser for the National Turkey Federation, would take pictures of the Adams turkey ranch because of its impressive mountain background. In 1939, the National Poultry Congress in Cleveland, Ohio, displayed photographs of turkeys raised on the beautiful bench upon which Cedar Hills is now located. And, as NBC ran a news story about turkey farming on the bench, the photographer was taken back by the beauty of the bench and continued to say, “beautiful, beautiful.” In 1962, the Saturday Evening Post also ran stories about turkeys still living upon the bench.

*Cedar Hills City information obtained from:  http://www.cedarhills.org/about  and  http://www.cedarhills.org/city-history


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