Bates Wilson Youth Camp – Wilderness Adventure in Canyonlands National Park

A Summer Camp for Students Entering Grades 9 through 12

  • Where: Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
  • When: August 30, 2014 through September 01, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 and Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Students entering grades 9-12
  • Cost per Person: $50
  • Deposit: Deposit is the $50 application fee.
  • The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, in partnership with Canyonlands Field Institute, is celebrating Canyonlands National Park’s 50th anniversary this year with the first annual Bates Wilson Youth Camp, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday August 30th through Monday September 1st in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. We are inviting students entering grades 9 through 12 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!

    Please contact:
    Joette Langianese, Executive Director, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks
    Phone: 435-259-0108
    Or download application form below.
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Moab’s Ancient Past Rock Art Tour

  • Where: Moab Area May through October except during late July
  • Time: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 1, maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $65
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non-refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: 6 pm the night before
  • Join us for the Moab's Ancient Past Rock Art Tour and visit several petroglyph rock art sites along the Colorado River corridor. Moab's Ancient Past Rock Art Tours - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May through October. Features visits to petroglyphs sites along the Colorado River.
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National Park Bus Tour Guides

Personable Interpreters Can Narrate Your Group's Bus Tour of National Parks

  • Where: Arches or Canyonlands National Park
  • What months available:

    May through October except late July, call to arrange

  • CFI has knowledgeable and personable Naturalist Guides that will "step on" your bus for a short national park bus tour through Arches or Canyonlands, and can arrange your Canyonlands step-on guides. Our local naturalist will join your bus for a short tour through Arches or Canyonlands National Parks.
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Sunset Tour of Arches National Park

  • Where: Arches National Park, May through October except late July
  • Time: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 1, maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $65
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: By 12 noon the day of the tour
  • During the sunset tour of Arches National Park, enjoy the magic light of Arches while taking in some of Utah's most famous natural wonders. 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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Navajo Mountain Culture and Archaeology

Camping with truck support, vehicle tours and short hikes with Navajo guides Eric and Charlene Atene

  • Where: Navajo Mountain, Arizona/Utah Border
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    Watch for 2015 dates, or call us to plan a custom trip.

  • Number of Days/Nights: 5 days, 4 nights with 1st night lodge stay and orientation
  • Time: Evening day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $1250 + $30 Navajo Nation Special Use Fee
  • Deposit: $300 nonrefundable, applies to total fee; full balance due 30 days prior
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • Canyonlands Field Institute is teaming with Dinė guides Eric and Charlene Atene to offer a very unusual hiking and cultural experience. For four nights and five days you can explore the area and learn about the Dinė culture past and present through hikes around and on Navajo Mountain.
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Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Lodge-based, vehicle tours and short hikes

  • Where: Southeastern Utah – Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Areas
  • When: October 10, 2014 through October 12, 2014
  • What months available:

    Watch for spring 2015 dates!

  • Number of Days/Nights: 2 Nights 2 Days
  • Time: Evening Day 1 through Afternoon Last Day
  • Group Size: Minmum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $530 Adult/youth 16+ plus $10 BLM Special Area Fees
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore some lesser known locations and learn about recent findings from the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project. This research recently completed was part of a multi-year cooperative archaeological research project by the BLM and the University of Colorado. From our cozy base at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, you will enjoy van tours and short hikes exploring prehistoric and historic sites, rock art and geological features along Comb Ridge and on Cedar Mesa.
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Book Cliffs/Three Canyon Utah Archaeology

A NEW exploratory vehicle tour, short hikes with guest archaeologist Dr. Carol Patterson and historian John Weisheit.

  • Where: Book Cliffs – Hay Canyon/Westwater Creek area
  • When: September 26, 2014 through September 28, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: Friday evening-Saturday-Sunday, includes 2 night ranch B & B stay
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $400 includes lodging, meals, contribution to CFI youth programs
  • Deposit: $150 nonrefundable, applies to total fee; full balance due 30 days prior
  • A van tour into several unique canyons in the heart of the Book Cliffs north of Moab, Utah with short hikes led by guest experts. This tour will focus on the archaeology, geology and mineral exploration and conservation concerns. Overnight stay at nearby bed and breakfast.
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Range Creek Utah Archaeology Trip

Camping with Truck Support- Fremont Culture Archaeology and more!

  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 21, 2014 through June 22, 2014
  • When: October 04, 2014 through October 05, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: 2 Days,1 Night - All trips meet Saturday/Sunday
  • Time: Morning day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and over (Youth fee same as Adult)
  • Cost per Person: $400 Adults and youth 16+
  • Deposit: $150, non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior to trip date in order for names to be submitted to land management agency, University of Utah, for permit.
  • Join us for a rare opportunity to see prehistoric Fremont rock art and sites at Range Creek, hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. CFI Naturalists narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left.
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Wildlife of Canyonlands Seminar

Vehicle tour, short hikes, 1 - day seminar with Dr. Tim Graham

  • Where: Canyon Country near Moab, exact location TBA depending on conditions, sightings
  • When: September 20, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $100
  • Deposit: Full fee
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • This one day wildlife seminar features the ecology of the "uncharismatic" microfauna of canyon country...we will explore a variety of habitats in the canyon country near Moab, looking for small animals living in these semi-arid environments. Using traps, nets and just poking around, we will look for insects and other arthropods, small mammals, birds and lizards. We will note animal signs and habits of larger mammals such as Big Horn Sheep.
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Custom 1-Day Land Tours

  • Where: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts), or La Sal Mountains (summer)
  • What months available:

    May through October except late July

  • 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: $110 - 9 to 15 people
  • Cost per Person: $120 - 5 to 8 people
  • Cost per Person: $170 - 3 to 4 people
  • Cost per Person: $190 - 2 people
  • Cost per Person: $400 - 1 person
  • Cost per Person: $100 - 16 or more persons
  • Enjoy your own private full day outing with a Naturalist Guide expert from CFI. Travel by air conditioned vehicle and take short hikes one of three locations: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts) or in the La Sal Mountains/National Forest (summer). 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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