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Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Explore Cedar Mesa by van and short hikes with guest faculty Winston Hurst and Rebecca Martin.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore some lesser known locations and learn about recent findings from the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project in a small group with a highly respected, lead researcher on the 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. This weekend is action packed with lodging, field trips, and all meals included.

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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 Nights 3 Days
  • Time: Check in at Recapture Lodge in Bluff by 5:00pm, through afternoon last day, ending 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, applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
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    Colorado Rockies Trekking with Llamas

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

    Experience the Colorado Rockies trekking with llamas in a small congenial group led by CFI and Redwood Llama Outfitters in the Lizard Head Wilderness Area of the San Juan Mountain section of the Colorado Rockies. This special trip in the headwaters of the Dolores River was developed years ago and we are pleased to offer it once again! Have FUN while learning llama-packing skills, hiking beautiful mountains, and communing around camp.

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  • Where: San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests in Colorado
  • Number of Days/Nights: 5 days, 5 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: $1800
  • Deposit: $300 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
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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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  • Where: The Moab, UT area
  • When: May 13, 2017
  • 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+
  • Cost per Person: $135 includes transportation, lunch and expert guide.
  • Deposit: Deposit is $50 non-refundable.
  • Deadline for Signup: April 11, 2016
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    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: Deposit is $50 non-refundable.
  • Deadline for Signup: The Wednesday prior
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    Eastern Book Cliffs Deep History

    Historian John Weisheit and archaeologist Michael Wolfe will guide you through both ancient and recent sites.

    Eastern Book Cliffs - Three Canyon area on the Colorado/Utah border, with truck support camping. Visit ancient sites, learn about geology, mineral exploration, and conservation concerns. A van tour into several unique canyons in the heart of the Book Cliffs north of Moab, Utah with short hikes up to 2 miles round trip led by CFI's Executive Director Karla VanderZanden, and historian John Weisheit with agency archaeologist, Michael Wolfe to join us for one day.

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  • Where: Eastern Book Cliffs – Cottonwood, Hay Canyon/Westwater Creek
  • Number of Days/Nights: 4 days 3 nights
  • Group Size: 4 min, 8 max
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $725 - includes outfitting and meals
  • Deposit: $300 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
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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.

    Join us for the Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology & Rock Art Tour. Visit several paleontology and rock art sites in the Moab area. Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology and Rock Art Tours are scheduled Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 1st through October 30th.

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  • Where: Moab Area, April 1st to October 30th
  • Time: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 adult fees, maximum 10
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Adults $80; Youth $50
  • Deposit: Deposit is full fee, non-refundable reservation.
  • Deadline for Signup: 6 pm the night before
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    Mountain Ecology and Wildflowers Day Seminar

    Learn about mountain wildflowers with Joel Tuhy and Linda Whitham

    Join us for a full day seminar exploring mountain wildflowers in the La Sals and learn to identify species at the peak of their bloom.

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  • Where: La Sal Mountains near Moab, UT
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $135
  • Deposit: Deposit is $50 non-refundable..
  • Deadline for Signup: June 29
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    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.
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    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+
  • Cost per Person: $1495.00 plus $48 Navajo Nation Special Use Fee
  • Deposit: $300 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Deadline for Signup: 2 weeks prior
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    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: $120/adult and $90 youth 6-17 yrs - 4 Person minimum
  • Deposit: $120 (1 adult fee) as the deposit. (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.