Cedar Mesa & Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Explore Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge by van and short hikes with guest archaeologist and CFI guides

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

With archaeologist Jonathan Till and CFI guides, 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. 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 moderately challenging with some longer hikes and rougher terrain; one hike may be up to four miles round trip. 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.

Guest Expert for 2018: Jonathan Till

Jonathan Till, M.A., lives in Bluff, Utah and has enjoyed a multitude of archaeological experiences in the northern Southwest for about 30 years. Jonathan has worked as an archaeologist for private, state, tribal, and federal organizations; he is currently Curator of Collections at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding. Among other things, Till is fascinated by Chaco-era landscapes in the Mesa Verde region. In addition to being an archaeological geek, Jonathan spins vinyl for public radio and lives with a dog named Pancake.    

Activity Level


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


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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights, three days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth, High School age and older
  • Deadline for Signup: October 4, 2018
  • Cost per Person: $990/per person plus $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Notes:
    • 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