Cedar Mesa & Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Explore Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge by van and short hikes with guest archaeologist and CFI guides

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the prehistory and history of this region. Learn about protection initiatives, research and recent findings from the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project with guest archaeologist, Jonathan Till.

We include routes we have used in previous years and also allow for "faculty choice" each year and day, depending on the weather and the group. Three nights lodging double occupancy, all meals, field trip permits, and transportation are included.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • When: October 18, 2018 through October 21, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights, three days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth, High School age and older
  • Cost per Person: $990/per person plus $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: October 4, 2018
  • Eastern Book Cliffs Deep History

    Dr. Steve Simms will guide you through both ancient and recent sites.

    Eastern Book Cliffs - Visit incredible prehistoric Native American and historic trapper, mining and pioneer sites, This area features research in the 1950's by Hannah Marie Wormington that was pivotal in defining Fremont Culture. Learn about geology, mineral exploration, and conservation concerns of this region as well. Itinerary includes desert and high country locations and this time of year promises a bonus of spring wildflowers.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Eastern Book Cliffs – Cottonwood, Hay Canyon/Westwater Creek
  • When: May 11, 2018 through May 13, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three days, two nights
  • Group Size: 5 min, 8 max
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $680
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: April 27, 2018
  • Our morning rock art tours include stops at panels like this one

    Moab’s Ancient Past: Dinosaur Tracks and Native Rock Art Tour

    Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites in the Moab area.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: BLM land around the Moab area
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Friday through Sunday
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 (Adult Fees) - Maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $90 per adult; $70 per youth (4-15)
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Deadline for Signup: 6 pm the day prior
  • National Parks Bus Tour Step On Naturalists

    Personable interpreters can narrate your group's bus tour of National Parks

    CFI has knowledgeable National Park Bus Tour Guides that will "step on" your bus for short national park bus tours through Arches or Canyonlands Parks. Our local, personable, and enthusiastic naturalist guide will join your bus for a special, informative tour.

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  • Where: Arches or Canyonlands National Park
  • What months available: May through October, call to arrange.
  • Private Lower San Juan River Trips

    Custom Lower San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 years old and above. The popular 56-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water including the world-famous Goosenecks section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.

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  • Where: Start and end in Bluff, UT; Float the San Juan River, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills,
  • What months available: April through October with spring and fall months ideal.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends 5 nights for this stretch which includes first night lodge stay and orientation. Call to discuss typical water levels for the dates of interest.
  • Time: Extend your trip by adding the upper San Juan - call to discuss.
  • Group Size: 6 minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 6 years old and up; must be 6 at least in month of trip
  • Cost per Person: $1000. - per person
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: $20 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Private Upper San Juan River Trips

    A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art

    Private Upper San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 and over. This popular 26-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art, and dwellings. We’ll find mild rapids and wonderful scenic floats along ever-changing dramatic canyon walls. This is a great family trip and a gentle interaction with the outdoors. In summer and early fall months, we can add inflatable kayaks affectionately called "duckies."

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  • Where: Begins and ends in Bluff, UT the night before the launch, with trip from Sand Island launch to Mexican Hat takeout.
  • What months available: Best months are mid April through early July and late August through late October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends three night or four night trips on this stretch, the first night is a lodge stay in Bluff and orientation.
  • Group Size: 6  person minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $730/person - 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants and vary by trip length. Fee includes first night lodge stay, orientation with our trip leader and breakfast.
  • Deposit: $300 person applies to total due.
  • Range Creek Utah Archaeology Trip

    Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologists

    Range Creek Utah archaeology trip is a rare opportunity to see sites and prehistoric Fremont rock art in a three-day / two-night vehicle trip with overnight camping. Range Creek is hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. Guest experts will narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left, with the help of CFI Naturalist Guides.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 08, 2018 through June 10, 2018
  • When: October 11, 2018 through October 13, 2018
  • What months available: Inquire about possible custom, private trip options
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three Days and two Nights - All trips meet afternoon day one through late afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $680, Members $646
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: One week prior i.e. Spring: June 1, 2018 Fall: October 4, 2018
  • Women Wild by Nature River Trip

    Annual women's rafting trip

    Join CFI's co-founder and director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only rafting trip. This exclusive trip takes place on a different river stretch each year! CFI women’s trips provide a time and place for deepening connections to the wild and trying out new skills. You will have the opportunity to be physical, relax, and play outdoors!

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Upper San Juan River - Sand Island to Mexican Hat, Utah
  • When: September 23, 2018 through September 27, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights, includes first evening at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, Utah.
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Adults and young women, 9th grade and up
  • Cost per Person: $910.00 per person plus BLM Special Fee $10/person
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: September 9, 2018