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Historian John Weisheit and archaeologist Michael Wolfe will guide you through both ancient and recent sites.
Eastern Book Cliffs - Visit incredible prehistoric Native American and historic trapper, mining and pioneer sites, This area features research in the 1950's by Hannah Marie Wormington that was pivotal in defining Fremont Culture. Learn about geology, mineral exploration, and conservation concerns of this region as well. Itinerary includes desert and high country locations and this time of year promises a bonus of spring wildflowers.Learn More →
Exciting summer opportunity for explorer kids entering 5th through 8th grades
Our popular Explorers Base Camp is an exciting summer opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades who want to be active, have fun and learn about our amazing backyard La Sal Mountains.Learn More →
Backcountry hiking with llama support in the Lizard Head Wilderness of Colorado
Explore the headwaters of the Dolores River on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. This trip is perfect for summer and takes place in the lovely high country of the Lizard Head Wilderness in the San Miguel Mountains section of the Colorado Rockies. Enjoy wildflower meadows, views of high peaks, an alpine lake and waterfalls on day hikes from our base camp along the West Fork of the Dolores. We reach base camp just a four miles in the first day with llamas carrying our kitchen, food and camping gear. Our small congenial group led will be led by a CFI Naturalist and Redwood Llama wrangler who will share much about the natural and cultural history of the area. Have FUN hiking beautiful mountains, communing and reading in camp, and learn about llama packing if you choose.Learn More →
Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites in the Moab area.
Join us for the Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology & Rock Art Tour. Visit several paleontological and rock art sites in the Moab area. Moab's Ancient Past Paleontology and Rock Art Tours are scheduled Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.Learn More →
Personable interpreters can narrate your group's bus tour of National Parks
CFI has knowledgeable National Park Bus Tour Guides that will "step on" your bus for short national park bus tours through Arches or Canyonlands Parks. Our local, personable, and enthusiastic naturalist guide will join your bus for a special, informative tour.Learn More →
Enjoy the beauty of Arches while gaining a deeper understanding of place.
During the Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Arches while learning the natural history of this landscape. Join us for this popular van tour with a CFI Naturalist-Guide and learn about the park’s history and environment through short hikes to a variety of famous arches. Includes Delicate Arch Overlook and the Windows area or other locations depending on your interest and abilities. We will conduct the trip for one person or up to 10 people in our group.Learn More →
Join guest archaeologist Sally Cole, CFI and Navajo guides
Visit Navajo Mountain and learn about culture past and present, and archaeology sites through hikes near and on Navajo Mountain near the AZ/UT borders. Canyonlands Field Institute is teaming with noted rock art specialist, archaeologist and author, Sally Cole plus our Navajo guides from the Atene family to offer a very unusual hiking and cultural experience. For four nights and five days you can explore the area and learn about prehistoric cultures and Dinè culture past and present through hikes around and on Navajo Mountain.Learn More →
Private Moab National Park and Mountain Tours take you on Enjoy your own full day outing to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts) or in the La Sal Mountains/National Forest (summer) with a Naturalist Guide expert from CFI. Travel by air conditioned vehicle and take short hikes. We can adjust to your physical abilities and interests in geology, prehistoric cultures/rock art, desert ecology or history. Delicious lunch and snacks provided.Learn More →
Our Naturalist Guides are most knowledgeable and great with kids!
Raft the "Moab Daily" Section of the Colorado River on a private custom trip one day river trip with CFI Naturalist Guides! Our Naturalist Guides are the best and most knowledgeable in the Moab, specializing in Professor Valley/Fisher Towers geology, history, river ecology, animal lore and more. Families are welcome (minimum of 6 years of age). Our guides are particularly great with kids since we work with many youth groups throughout the season. Plus you benefit from knowing your custom trip with CFI is helping to underwrite our environmental education school programs and there is no additional sales tax. This trip will be JUST FOR YOU; we will pick you up at your hotel or meet at CFI headquarters south of town. Your fee includes lunch, snacks, transportation from town.
Cool Summer Fun: Raft the Colorado River
Raft Down the Colorado River with CFI's trained Naturalist Guides. Learn about the Moab area through our deep understanding of ancient cultural and natural history. This trip combines a great day of rafting with engaging learning experiences.
Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologists
Range Creek Utah archaeology trip is a rare opportunity to see sites and prehistoric Fremont rock art in a three day / two night vehicle trip with overnight camping. Range Creek is hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. Guest experts will narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left, with the help of CFI Naturalist Guides.Learn More →
School Field Camp and River Program - Five Nights, offers an in-depth land and river educational program at CFI's field camp and on the Colorado river. Combine our two great Land & River Programs into one for an amazing educational adventure!Learn More →