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.
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites in the Moab area.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 →
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.Learn More →
Private land-based tours with Canyonlands Field Institute will take you on your own full day outing to Arches National Park, or Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts) or in the La Sal Mountains with our Naturalist Guides. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle. Reasonably paced to learn and enjoy the sights. The actual length and physical nature of walks/hikes can be adjusted to your group's interests. Topics will cover Park/Public Lands history, geology, prehistoric cultures/rock art, and settlement history. Nature games and art are added for younger folks. Delicious lunch and snacks provided, either picnic table style or day pack style, for longer hikes, Food preferences accommodated with notice.Learn More →
Supported trekking with pack animals, CFI, and Navajo guides on the historic traditional pilgrimage route to spectacular Rainbow Bridge
Hike and camp with llama 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!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 →