La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

An exciting summer opportunity for kids entering the 5th through 8th grades!

Escape the heat and head to the La Sal Mountains!

Explorer Base Camp provides an exciting opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades (upcoming fall) to experience an outdoor learning adventure with other youth their age. The camp is an eco-adventures where your child will experience a variety of engaging outdoor activities, disconnection from technology, and learning about how they fit within mountain ecology through our fun and educational curriculum. The Group Site at Warner Lake Campground in the La Sal National Forest will be our base camp for the week. There is a maximum of 20 campers in each session, with hikes and activities broken up into smaller groups to allow for more hands-on learning and hopefully some wildlife sightings! Explorer Base Camp includes nature games, hiking, fishing, stories, art, and many fun educational activities. Hands-on science activities take a look at stream life, animals, the geology of rocks and fossils, Native American history, and pioneer tales. The program is led by CFI Naturalist Guides extensively trained to work with youth in a variety of outdoor education settings. They are 21 years or older and hold college degrees in relevant fields,  received screening for Utah Educator's Background Checks, have wilderness medicine and CPR certifications, and are licensed Utah Guides. Two CFI Naturalist Guides, a camp cook, and intern assistants work with each session. Additional assistance is provided by either a CFI interns or a teen counselor in training.
  • CFI provides camp kitchen, tents, adventurous hikes in the mountains, animal tracking, and other fun nature games.
    • Let us know in advance if you need a sleeping bag or pad.
  • CFI provides terrific meals — snacks and dinner day one through lunch the last day.


Families, please drop off your child on the first day between 1:15 and 1:30 pm at the CFI back warehouse where you will meet your Naturalist Guides and repack your duffel into CFI waterproof bags for the week. We request that kids are not dropped off earlier than 1:15 as our staff will be making final preparations and want to be fully ready to go for the great week ahead. On the last day, please arrive between 4:00 and 4:15 to pick up your child at CFI back warehouse.
  • Parent or guardian will need to provide written permission if a student will be walking, biking, driving, or getting a ride from someone other than the participant’s parent or guardian after the trip.
Campers are on a "nature retreat" — campers will attend the entire session. To maintain program standards, group cohesion, and child safety protocols, we do not allow students or family members to come and go from the site. We ask children to leave behind electronics such as game boys, music, and cell phones and learn to have fun on nature's terms!


We offer additional CFI Scholarships that can be emailed to us or dropped off at our office.

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  • Where: Warner Lake Campground, La Sal Mountains
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 and Maximum 20
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cost per Person: $250 per youth ($200 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $25
  • Notes:
    • 2018 Explorer Base Camp Outline
    • Two or three CFI staff over 21 years of age plus one teen assistant will be with the group the entire time; our field-staff has all had educator clearance checks
    • 10% Discount for sibling
    • Read our Cancellation Policy
    • Parent or guardian will need to provide written permission if a student will be walking, biking, driving, or getting a ride from someone other than the participant’s parent or guardian after the trip
    • Additional scholarship assistance is available for qualifying families, please fill out the form linked below.
    • CFI Scholarship Application