Cedar Mesa & Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

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.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • 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, High School age and older
  • Cost per Person: $990/per person plus $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: October 4, 2018
  • desert wildflowers in southeastern utah

    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 am - 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
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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: $142.00
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: May 5, 2018
  • Eastern Book Cliffs Deep History

    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.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • 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: $680
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: April 27, 2018
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    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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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: BLM land around the Moab area
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Friday through Sunday
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 (Adult Fees) - Maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $90 per adult; $70 per youth (4-15)
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Deadline for Signup: 6 pm the day prior
  • National Parks Bus Tour Step On Naturalists

    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
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Friday through Sunday
  • Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 (Adult Fees) - Maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $90 per adult; $70 per youth (4-15)
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Deadline for Signup: Noon the day of program
  • Private Land-Based Tour

    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.

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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: Daily rates per group: For 1-6 people, $800/group; for 7-10 people, $1200/group; for 11-20 people, $1700/group
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Rainbow Bridge Trail Supported Trekking

    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!

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • When: April 29, 2018 through May 05, 2018
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights - including first night at Recapture Lodge
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and over (Youth fee same as Adult)
  • Cost per Person: $2700 plus $60 Navajo Nation special fee
  • Deposit: $500 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Deadline for Signup: April 15, 2018
  • Range Creek Utah Archaeology Trip

    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.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 08, 2018 through June 10, 2018
  • When: October 11, 2018 through October 13, 2018
  • What months available: Inquire about possible custom, private trip options
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three Days and two Nights - All trips meet afternoon day one through late afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $680, Members $646
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Spring: May 25, 2018 Fall: September 27, 2018