Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Explore Bears Ears National Monument 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 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.
  • 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 16+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: October 4, 2018
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    Desert Wildflowers Day Seminar

    Discover the glory of spring desert wildflowers

    Join us for our full day Desert Wildflower Seminar exploring the Moab area, and learn to identify wildflower species at the peak of their bloom. Trip includes transportation and lunch.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: The Moab, UT area
  • When: April 21, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $142.00
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: April 7, 2018
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    Dinosaur Tracks Paleontology

    On this day-long tour from the heart of Moab with Dr. John Foster of the Museum of Moab, we visit the best of the best tracks left by dinosaurs in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. Research findings including the several "new" dinosaurs recently located in our area will be highlighted. An overview of these carnivorous and herbivorous giants and the ancient environments of river sandbars and in inter-dune oases will be featured. Bring a camera and be prepared to walk where dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, all amid the spectacular scenery eastern Utah.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Moab Area Paleontology Sites
  • When: May 19, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and children 12+
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: $142.00
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: May 5, 2018
  • 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
  • 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: TBA
  • 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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  • What months available: May - October
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • 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: 6 pm the day 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
  • Navajo Mountain Archaeology and Culture Trekking

    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.

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  • Where: Navajo Mountain, Arizona/Utah Border
  • Number of Days/Nights: Five nights, five days with first night lodge stay and orientation, hogan and camping four nights with truck support
  • Time: Evening day one through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior
  • Private Moab National Park and Mountain Tours

    Private Moab National Park and Mountain Tours take you on Enjoy your own full day outing to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts) or in the La Sal Mountains/National Forest (summer) with a Naturalist Guide expert from CFI. Travel by air conditioned vehicle and take short hikes. We can adjust to your physical abilities and interests in geology, prehistoric cultures/rock art, desert ecology or history. Delicious lunch and snacks provided.

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  • Where: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts), or La Sal Mountains (summer)
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 1 day
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m (Arches, Island in the Sky, La Sal Mts) and 5:30 return for Needles.
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $160/adult and $130 youth 6-17 yrs - 4 Person minimum
  • Deposit: $160 (1 adult fee) as the deposit. (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Rainbow Bridge and Navajo Mountain Hiking Adventure

    Supported trekking with pack animals and Navajo guides on the historic, traditional pilgrimage route to spectacular Rainbow Bridge

    Hike and camp with packstock support on the traditional pilgrimage route to Rainbow Bridge, the earth's largest natural bridge, and sacred place to the Navajo culture. The trip starts in Bluff, Utah with motel orientation, day hiking at Navajo Mountain and one night in a Navajo hogan as guests of the Atene family. Four nights on the trail, and a boat ride out the last day! A rare cultural experience you won't want to miss!

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  • When: April 29, 2018 through May 05, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights - including first night at Recapture Lodge
  • Time: Evening of first day through late afternoon of last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and over (Youth fee same as Adult)
  • Deposit: $500 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Deadline for Signup: April 15, 2018