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. 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.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • When: October 19, 2017 through October 22, 2017
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 Nights 3 Days
  • Time: Plan to arrive in Bluff by 5PM for a light picnic dinner and a CFI evening session at 7PM. Our seminar ends afternoon of the last day in Bluff.
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $750 plus $10 BLM Special Area Fees
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • 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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  • Where: The Moab, UT area
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • dinosaur track outside moab utah

    Dinosaur Tracks Paleontology

    On this day-long tour from the heart of Moab, we will visit the best of the best tracks left by dinosaurs in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. We will visit some of the most spectacular of Moab's many dinosaur footprint sites of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, seeing tracks left by carnivorous and herbivorous giants on ancient lakeshores, river sandbars and in inter-dune oases! 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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  • Where: Moab Area Paleontology Sites
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and children 12+
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: $135 includes transportation, lunch and expert guide
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: The Wednesday prior
  • 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: 3 days 2 nights
  • Group Size: 5 min, 8 max
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $595
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Lizard Head Wilderness Trekking with Llamas

    Backcountry hiking with llama support in the Lizard Head Wilderness of Colorado

    Explore the headwaters of the Dolores River on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. This trip is perfect for summer and takes place in the lovely high country of the Lizard Head Wilderness in the San Miguel Mountains section of the Colorado Rockies. Enjoy wildflower meadows, views of high peaks, an alpine lake, and waterfalls on day hikes from our base camp along the West Fork of the Dolores. We reach base camp just a four miles on the first day with llamas carrying our kitchen, food and camping gear. Our small congenial group led will be led by a CFI Naturalist and Redwood Llama wrangler who will share much about the natural and cultural history of the area. Have FUN hiking beautiful mountains, communing and reading in camp, and learn about llama packing if you choose.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests in Colorado
  • When: August 14, 2017 through August 18, 2017
  • Number of Days/Nights: 5 days, 4 nights, includes 1st night lodge stay and orientation
  • Time: Evening day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $1460 plus $140 USFS/Outfitter fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • 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.

    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.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • What months available: May - October
  • Time: Wednesday - Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 2, maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Adults $90; Youth $70; Member $85.50; Member Youth $66.50
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non-refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: 6 pm the night before
  • 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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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Arches National Park, May through October
  • Time: Wednesday through Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 adult fees, maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Adults $90; Youth $70; Member $85.50; Member Youth $66.50
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: By 12 noon the day of the tour
  • 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: 5 nights, 5 days with 1st night lodge stay and orientation, hogan and camping 4 nights with truck support
  • Time: Evening day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: 2 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.