La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

Exciting summer opportunity for explorer kids entering 5th through 8th grades

Cool Camp for Hot Summer fun!

This is an exciting opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades to participate in an awesome learning adventure during the summer. Our popular Explorers Base Camps are eco-adventures for kids that want to combine active time outdoors with learning cool stuff about our woods and wildlife.

The Group Site at Warner Lake Campground in the La Sal National Forest is our base camp. There is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 campers, with hiking and activities in smaller groups. Includes nature games, easy hikes, fishing, stories, art, and more fun. Hands-on science activities take a look at stream life, animals, rocks and fossils, Native American, and pioneer tales.

The program is led by CFI Naturalist Guides that are extensively trained to work in our ongoing school environmental education programs. They are 21 years and older and hold college degrees in related fields; they receive screening for Utah Educator’s Background Checks, have wilderness medicine and CPR certifications and are licensed Utah Guides. Two CFI Naturalist Guides plus camp cook and intern assistants work with each Session. Additional assistance is provided by either a CFI interns or teen counselor in training.

  • CFI provides camp kitchen, tents, adventurous hikes in the mountains, animal tracking, and other fun nature games.
  • CFI provides terrific meals — lunch day one through lunch the last day.

Meet 9 am on Tuesday and return at 5 pm on Friday. Campers are on a “nature retreat” — campers should be able to attend the session all nights/days; we do not allow students or family members to come and go from the site (to town for other events for example) for our program standards, group cohesion, and child safety protocols. We ask children to leave behind electronics such as game boys, music, and cell phones and learn to have fun on nature’s terms!

These sessions are offered based on grade level upcoming in the fall (our age guidelines are firm for program quality and safety reasons.)

Families, please drop off your child on the first day between 8:45 and 9:00 am 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 8:45 as our staff will be making final preparations and want to be fully ready to go at 8:45 for a great week ahead.Tents are provided by CFI. Let us know in advance if you need sleeping bag or pad. On the last day Friday, please arrive between 5:00 and 5:15 to pick up your child at CFI back warehouse. Thank you!

For CFI scholarship/sliding fee information and to register for summer youth programs, contact us at 259-7750, (800) 860-5262 or send an email.

CFI is a licensed permitted outfitter with the USFS in the LaSal Mountains.
We conduct school outdoor education programs in spring and fall for schools from around the country.

Thanks to our regional donors and business sponsors
and especially to Grand County Recreation Special Service District 
for program planning support and to help provide scholarships.


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The following sponsors have provided generous donations to support our Youth Summer Programs and allow us to grant scholarships and discounts for local youth.

  • Where: Warner Lake Campground, La Sal Mountains and Colorado River
  • Number of Days/Nights: TBA
  • Time: 9 am Tuesday to 5 pm Friday, campers camp overnight in tents.
  • Group Size: Min 6 and Max 20
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior
  • Cost per Person: $200 per youth ($150 for youths attending Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $25
  • Notes:
    • Trip includes transportation, tents, meals, land use permits,
 fun hiking, games, and nature activities.
    • Campers are “on retreat” and may not come and go to town each night nor have visitors from town (for child safety protocols)
    • Two-three CFI staff over 21 years of age plus one teen assistant will be with the group the entire time; staff has Educator clearances
    • Click here to read our cancellation policy
    • Additional scholarships assistance is available for qualifying families, please inquire at CFI
    • CFI Scholarship Application
    • 10% Discount for sibling