Desert Wildflowers Day Seminar

Discover the glory of spring desert wildflowers

IMG_4907Springtime in the desert is a cornucopia of brilliant colors, intoxicating smells and exotic shapes as wildflowers seemingly explode across the canyons and mesas. Trying to identify them from a book can sometimes be frustrating. And beyond simply learning the name of that mysterious flower, have you ever wanted to know more about these most colorful denizens of the desert?

Canyonlands Field Institute is offering a full day Desert Wildflower Seminar dedicated to the diversity of wildflowers in southeastern Utah. The field trip will be led by local Moab biologist and wildflower expert Joel Tuhy.

Joel, who also works for the Nature Conservancy, has been studying and photographing wildflowers in the region for over 30 years. We will not only learn the names but gain an appreciation for desert plants’ particular habitat requirements, adaptations, and interesting cultural uses.joeltuhy

This day trip includes lunch, transportation, hikes and interpretive talks. Trip starts at 8:30 am at CFI located at 1320 S. Hwy 191 just south of Moab, UT. Locations visited during the  trip will be determined depending on where the best blooms happen to be at the time, but expect a number of short hikes up to half a mile round trip from the vehicle during the day. We will return to town late afternoon,  arriving at CFI around 4:30-5:00. Advance registration is required.

Activity Level


Up to one-mile hikes on relatively flat trails with up to 250 feet of elevation gain per day.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • 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+
  • Deadline for Signup: April 29, 2017
  • Cost per Person: $135 includes transportation, lunch and expert guide.
  • Deposit: Deposit is $50 non-refundable.
  • Notes:
    • CFI Members receive a 5% discount.
    • Trip begins and ends in Moab, UT.
    • Click here to read our cancellation policy.
    • To register, click on registration button for online registration or call 800.860.5262 or 435.259.7750.