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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.
Private, custom trip for Adults and Families: Float the Colorado's beautiful Fisher Towers through Professor Valley
Private Colorado River Overnight Trip with Canyonlands Field Institute begins at Dewey Bridge and runs through the scenic Fisher Towers section through Professor Valley near Moab UT. Join us with your family or friends! We begin with your group at the historic Dewey Bridge and end the next afternoon at the BLM boat ramp after a day of scenic floating and river fun, sumptuous dinner and camping under the stars, and final day of gentle to exciting whitewater. This scenic river stretch is rated Class I-II (out of V to designate level types and quantity of whitewater) and we use a variety of boats (paddle rafts, oar rowed rafts, and inflatable kayaks) depending on the season and the water levels. Contact us about your desired dates.Learn More →
Custom Colorado River Trips - Ruby / Horsethief - Departs Loma, Colorado, and travels through dramatic red sandstone towers. Float the mild waters of Horsethief and Ruby Canyons, OR if your children are 12 years and older extend your trip through the exciting Class III rapids of Westwater Canyon to Cisco, Utah! Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history, and animal life from our naturalist-guides. Special nature art and games are planned for the kids. Our small group size, involvement of all in river camp life, and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill of our licensed naturalist-guides assure an unforgettable experience. We have lots of options on dates for this stretch.Learn More →
Custom Green River Canoe Trips take you for a paddle down the Green River through incredible Labyrinth Canyon. This stretch, which runs from or near Green River to Mineral Bottom, Utah (adjacent to Canyonlands National Park) has been featured in many adventure travel magazines as a must do for both seasoned or beginner paddlers in canyon country.Learn More →
Custom Lower San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 years old and above. The popular 56-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water including the world-famous Goosenecks section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.Learn More →
A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art
Custom Upper San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 and over. This popular 26-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art and dwellings. We’ll find mild rapids and wonderful scenic floats along ever changing dramatic canyon walls. This is a great family trip and a gentle interaction with the outdoors.Learn More →
Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips on the Colorado River: exciting Class III rapids are bound to thrill even the veteran river runner. Westwater is one of the premiere whitewater stretches in the west. Create a custom overnight Westwater Canyon trip for your group with CFI - we do "more" than just rapids... come learn, hike to Indian Rock art, historic caves and cabins, and learn about the incredible geology of this canyon!Learn More →
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 →
Join CFI, Sheri Griffith Expeditions, and the Moab Bird Club on this amazing day!
Float down the Colorado River from Loma, Colorado to the Westwater Ranger Station this February for a chance to see wintering bald eagles in a wilderness setting. Along the way there will be opportunities to learn about bird identification from our local Moab Bird Club.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 →
Exciting summer opportunity for explorer kids entering 5th through 8th grades
Our popular Explorers Base Camp is an exciting summer opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades who want to be active, have fun and learn about our amazing backyard La Sal Mountains.Learn More →