Explore Cedar Mesa by van and short hikes with guest faculty Winston Hurst and Sally Cole.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the prehistory and history of this region recently designated as Bears Ears National Monument. Learn about protection initiatives, research and recent findings from the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project. Winston served as Principal Investigator for the Project; having grown up in the area, Winston shares various viewpoints and the complexities around protecting sites and antiquities. Sally J. Cole is a well known rock art scholar with extensive work in Grand Gulch and in other Cedar Mesa locales over the past 30 years. Her current work focuses on Basketmaker II iconography in rock art and material culture and architectural murals of the Pueblo II-Pueblo III era. She recently contributed scholarly work to the fabulous new interpretive displays at the BLM Kane Gulch Ranger Station.
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, most all meals and field trip permits and transportation are included.
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.Learn More →
A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art
Custom 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.Learn More →
Historian John Weisheit and archaeologist Michael Wolfe 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.Learn More →
Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites in the Moab area.
Join us for the Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology & Rock Art Tour. Visit several paleontological and rock art sites in the Moab area. Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology and Rock Art Tours are scheduled Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
Join guest archaeologist Sally Cole, CFI and Navajo guides
Visit Navajo Mountain and learn about culture past and present, and archaeology sites through hikes near and on Navajo Mountain near the AZ/UT borders. Canyonlands Field Institute is teaming with noted rock art specialist, archaeologist and author, Sally Cole plus our Navajo guides from the Atene family to offer a very unusual hiking and cultural experience. For four nights and five days you can explore the area and learn about prehistoric cultures and Dinè culture past and present through hikes around and on Navajo Mountain.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
In Canyonlands National park
Weekend wilderness adventure summer camp in Canyonlands NP. For students 7th grade and up, sponsored by Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks and CFI Moab. The second annual Bates Wilson Youth Camp will be held in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. We are inviting students in grades 7th and up with interests in national parks, conservation, outdoor education, geology, cultural history, public policy, or careers in the National Park Service or other public land agencies, but especially students who love learning in nature and having fun!
Joette Langianese, Executive Director, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks. Phone: 435-259-0108
Or download application form.
Annual women only raft trip. This year we are on the Lower San Juan!
CFI's annual river rafting trip for Women: Wild By Nature takes place October 1st - 6th on the San Juan River from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills. Join CFI's Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only annual event. After a one-night orientation and hotel stay, enjoy four nights camping and river running on the San Juan River. Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters, friends!Learn More →