Cedar Ridge is accessible via Highway 89 from the north and south. BIA 6110 provides access from the west. Tanner Wash and Hamblin Washes run through the middle of the community, parallel to Highway 89. Small ephemeral drainages cross the eastern side of the community and drain surface runoff from Echo Cliffs into Tanner and Hamblin Washes.
Slopes within the community are mild and angle downwards gently from Echo Cliffs. The terrain between the two washes and the Colorado River is primarily flat and interspersed with small mesas and ephemeral drainages.
There are a number of soil units, described in Appendix 5.4, within the vicinity of Cedar Ridge. Units 251, 249, 253, 552, and 155 are found between Echo Cliffs and the two washes, on the east side of Highway 89. In the southern portion of the community, unit 222 lies between Highway 89 and Hamblin Wash. On the west side of Highway 89, units 222, 224, 221, and 228 are interspersed with one another. These classifications have not been approved by NRCS.
With the exception of a small buffer along Highway 89, all land east of the road is designated Wildlife Area 1, which is intended to protect rare and endangered species and their habitat. The northern portion of the community on the west side of Highway 89 is designated Wildlife Area 2, which has a high concentration of rare and endangered species. Biological Evaluations are required for development within these two areas. The remaining portion of Cedar Ridge is designated Area 3, where plants and wildlife have a low sensitivity to development.
The Cedar Ridge Bible Church and Cedar Ridge Baptist Church are the only cultural resources within the community, although culturally significant sites are located within the general vicinity.
The central location of Cedar Ridge within the Bodaway-Gap Chapter makes it an ideal location for development that serves the Chapter as a whole. In particular, the area around the intersection of Highway 89 and BIA 6110 is highly suitable because it has immediate access to good roads, flat topography, a low potential for drainage problems, and limited utilities. Sites along Highway 89 are also highly suitable for these same reasons. The greatest limiting factors to development in Cedar Ridge are political issues surrounding the former Bennett Freeze.
community from the east or west.
Small ephemeral drainages cross the community and drain surface runoff from Echo Cliffs in the east into the Colorado River to the west. Slopes are mild and slope downwards gently from east to west. Soil units, described in Appendix 5.4, include 113 on the east side of Highway 89A and 115 on the west side of the road. These soil classifications have been approved by NRCS.
Echo Cliffs are designated Wildlife Area 1, which is intended to protect rare and endangered species and their habitat. The area between the base of Echo Cliffs and the Colorado River is designated Area 2, which has a high concentration of rare and endangered species. Biological Evaluations are required for any development within these two areas. A buffer zone of Area 5 is designated along the Colorado River, which is intended to create a biological preserve.
There are no cultural resources within the community of Navajo Springs, although culturally significant sites are located within the general vicinity.
Navajo Spring is identified as having “some risk” to human health due to heavy metals and radiation. Site-specific research will be necessary to determine the extent of the risks to which individual development projects will be exposed.
There are several sites in Navajo Springs with development potential. In particular, areas adjacent to Highway 89A are the most suitable because they have immediate access to the highway, mild slopes, and a minimal potential to disrupt natural drainage patterns.
The Chapter is considering developing a destination resort in Navajo Springs because of the area’s natural beauty and its proximity to area tourist destinations; however, the Chapter can expect competition from existing and future tourism facilities in the area. In particular, the Navajo Nation is in the process of developing the Antelope Marina resort near Page. In-depth research will be necessary to determine the market and financial feasibility of a resort in Navajo Springs.
Perhaps the greatest limiting factor to any development in Navajo Springs is the lack of water resources. The depth to groundwater prohibits well development, while access to the Colorado River remains unlikely due to the political and legal environment surrounding Navajo water rights and border disputes.