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.
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, 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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.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 →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →