Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

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.

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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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights, three days
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior
  • Custom 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,
  • Number of Days/Nights: We recommend 5 or 6 days for this stretch, can be longer. To float Upper and Lower, we recommend 8 days to allow for varying water level and exploring time.
  • Group Size: 4 person minimum (adult or youth); 25 maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $245/day - Adult
  • Cost per Person: $200/day - Youth 6-17 years (must be 6 during month of the trip)
  • Cost per Person: $20 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Custom Upper San Juan River Trips

    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.

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  • Where: Begins and ends in Bluff, UT 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 or four days on this stretch of river ; we can do two days, but that won't allow much time for exploring.
  • Group Size: 4  person minimum (adult or youth); 25 maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $245/day - Adult
  • Cost per Person: $200/day - Youth 6-17 (must be 6 in the month of trip)
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: Based on trip length, minimum three day, three night (including first night motel)
  • Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

    Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips on the Colorado River: exciting Class III rapids are bound to thrill even the veteran river runner. Westwater is one of the premiere whitewater stretches in the west. Create a custom overnight Westwater Canyon trip for your group with CFI - we do "more" than just rapids... come learn, hike to Indian Rock art, historic caves and cabins, and learn about the incredible geology of this canyon!

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Book your trip from late April through mid-October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: One night and two days
  • Group Size: 4 persons minimum/25 persons maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $395 - Adults
  • Cost per Person: $350 - Youth 12 through 17 (must be 12 in month of trip)
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area River Fee
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Eastern Book Cliffs Deep History

    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.

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  • Where: Eastern Book Cliffs – Cottonwood, Hay Canyon/Westwater Creek
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three days, two nights
  • Group Size: 5 min, 8 max
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior
  • National Park Bus Tour Guides

    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.
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

    Enjoy the beauty of Arches while gaining a deeper understanding of place.

    During the Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Arches while learning the natural history of this landscape. Join us for this popular van tour with a CFI Naturalist-Guide and learn about the park’s history and environment through short hikes to a variety of famous arches. Includes Delicate Arch Overlook and the Windows area or other locations depending on your interest and abilities. We will conduct the trip for one person or up to 10 people in our group.

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  • Where: Arches National Park, May through October
  • Time: TBA
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 (Adult Fees) - Maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: Noon the day of program
  • Private, Custom One Day River Trip

    Our Naturalist Guides are most knowledgeable and great with kids!

    Raft the "Moab Daily" Section of the Colorado River on a private custom trip one-day river trip with CFI Naturalist Guides! Our Naturalist Guides are the best and most knowledgeable in the Moab, specializing in Professor Valley/Fisher Towers geology, history, river ecology, animal lore and more. Families are welcome (minimum of 6 years of age). Our guides are particularly great with kids since we work with many youth groups throughout the season. Plus you benefit from knowing your custom trip with CFI is helping to underwrite our environmental education school programs and there is no additional sales tax. This trip will be just for you; we will pick you up at your hotel or meet at CFI headquarters south of town. Your fee includes lunch, snacks, and transportation from town.

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  • Where: Moab "Daily" stretch of the Colorado River
  • What months available: April through late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 1 Day
  • Time: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 4 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $ 180 per adult and $130 youth 4-17 yrs, min of 4 particpants
  • Deposit: $180/one person fee as deposit, non-refundable. Full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior notice for private trip
  • School River Trip: Westwater Canyon

    For Grade 9 and up - a classic and exciting whitewater experience through geologically and historically rich Westwater Canyon!

    School River Trip: Westwater Canyon Overnight explores wonderful Westwater, a Wilderness Study Area, with CFI Naturalist-Guides. Experience the one of the west's premier whitewater stretches with 6 miles of exciting Class III whitewater rapids!

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River (GPS Coordinates: 39.073710, -109.111071)
  • What months available: Mid-March through mid-October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Night
  • Age Group: Grade nine and up
  • Cost per Person: $280 + $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Women Wild by Nature Rafting

    Annual women only raft trip.

    Join CFI's co-founder and director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only annual event. 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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  • Where: TBA
  • Number of Days/Nights: TBA
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Women only 16+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)