Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Explore Cedar Mesa by van and short hikes with guest faculty Winston Hurst and Sally Cole.


Discover Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge in this unique opportunity to learn from experts!

Join guest archaeologists and learn about the Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge area and its fascinating history that spans thousands of years. Explore the natural beauty of the landscape and side canyons, and learn about geology, desert ecology, and more during this three-day and three-night seminar.

On the first evening, Winston will host us at his home for a welcome and orientation (and light dessert by CFI!). He will lead the first full day of field outings. Sally will lead the second and third full days of our seminar.  Throughout the trip, CFI Executive Director Karla VanderZanden will serve as hostess and trip leader with an additional CFI naturalist-guide. From our cozy base at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, you will enjoy daily vehicle tours and short hikes up to four miles round trip, exploring prehistoric and historic sites, rock art and geological features. We will visit some famous sites but with “expert” eyes and interpretation and explore some lesser known features. Hiking will be on trails as well as up washes, across brush, and sandstone. Physical activity will be moderate with some longer hikes and rougher terrain. Locations will include familiar and lesser-known historical and archaeological sites in Butler and Comb Washes, Cedar Mesa side canyons, a spectacular drive along the Comb itself, and walking a portion of Posey’s Trail. In true CFI naturalist style, guides will provide interpretation of geography, observed plants and their native uses, and note anything else of interest! On the longer hike day, participants may wish to go part way and return early with a CFI guide to our vehicle and a comfy lawn chair with our trip library at hand.

Trip fee includes lodging (double occupancy) and meals beginning with breakfast on day one through lunch the last day, plus permit fees, and transportation during the program. If you wish to reserve a single room, please do so in advance with a $60 per night single supplement. A part of your fee helps to underwrite our educational school programs.

Our Expert Guides

2018 Guest Experts TBA

Activity Level


Up to three miles on uneven trails – with occasional scrambling – with up to 750 feet of elevation gain per day.

  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights, three days
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior
  • Cost per Person: TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Notes:
    • 2018 Date TBA
    • CFI Members receive a 5% discount
    • Click here to read our cancellation policy
    • To register email us at info@cfimoab.org or call 800.860.5262 or 435.259.7750