Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

Lodge-based, vehicle tours and short hikes

  • Where: Southeastern Utah – Cedar Mesa / Comb Ridge Areas
  • When: October 10, 2014 through October 12, 2014
  • Number of Days/Nights: 2 Nights 2 Days
  • Time: Evening Day 1 through Afternoon Last Day
  • Group Size: Minmum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $530 Adult/youth 16+ plus $10 BLM Special Area Fees
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore some lesser known locations and learn about recent findings from the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project. This research recently completed was part of a multi-year cooperative archaeological research project by the BLM and the University of Colorado. From our cozy base at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, you will enjoy van tours and short hikes exploring prehistoric and historic sites, rock art and geological features along Comb Ridge and on Cedar Mesa.
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Mountain Wildflowers Seminar

Learn about mountain wildflowers with Joel Tuhy and Linda Whitham - watch for 2015 date

  • Where: La Sal Mountains near Moab, UT
  • What months available:

    2015 Date TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and Over
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA
  • Deposit: Deposit is the full fee.
  • Join us for a full day seminar exploring mountain wildflowers in the La Sals and learn to identify species at the peak of their bloom.
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Women Wild By Nature River Rafting Trip

Rafting & Inflatable Kayaking

  • Where: Colorado River from Loma (Grand Junction), CO to Cisco, UT includes Westwater Canyon
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    Check back for 2015 dates!

  • Number of Days/Nights: 4 Days and 4 Nights - includes 1st night at hotel & orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Women only 16+
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA plus $20 BLM special area fees
  • Deposit: $300 Non-refundable deposit applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: 14 days prior
  • Women Wild By Nature River Rafting Trip takes place annually. Join CFI's Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only annual event. After a one-night orientation and hotel stay, enjoy three nights camping and river running on the Colorado River, a designated Conservation Area and proposed Wild & Scenic River.
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Book Cliffs/Three Canyon Utah Archaeology

A NEW exploratory vehicle tour, short hikes with guest archaeologist Dr. Carol Patterson and historian John Weisheit.

  • Where: Book Cliffs – Hay Canyon/Westwater Creek area
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    2015 Dates TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: Friday evening-Saturday-Sunday, includes 2 night ranch B & B stay
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - includes lodging, meals, contribution to CFI youth programs
  • Deposit: $150 nonrefundable, applies to total fee; full balance due 30 days prior
  • Utah Archaeology and History Trip, Book Cliffs/Three Canyon area on the Colorado/Utah border with B&B lodging. Visit ancient sites, learn about geology, mineral exploration and conservation concerns. A van tour into several unique canyons in the heart of the Book Cliffs north of Moab, Utah with short hikes led by guest experts. Includes overnight stay at nearby bed and breakfast.
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Range Creek Utah Archaeology Trip

Camping with Truck Support- Fremont Culture Archaeology and more!

  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: through
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    2015 Dates TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: 2 Days,1 Night - All trips meet Saturday/Sunday
  • Time: Morning day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and over (Youth fee same as Adult)
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA
  • Deposit: $150, non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior to trip date in order for names to be submitted to land management agency, University of Utah, for permit.
  • Range Creek Utah archaeology trip is a rare opportunity to see sites and prehistoric Fremont rock art in two day vehicle trip with overnight camping. Range Creek is hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. CFI Naturalists narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left.
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Wildlife of Canyonlands Seminar

Vehicle tour, short hikes, 1 - day seminar with Dr. Tim Graham

  • Where: Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
  • What months available:

    2015 Date TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Time: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA
  • Deposit: Full fee
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • Wildlife of Canyonlands Seminar is a one day excursion in the Needles District with Dr. Tim Graham and Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab. Learn about the little things that help make the grand landscape of Canyonlands National Park so spectacular. This wildlife seminar features the ecology of the "uncharismatic" microfauna. We will explore a variety of habitats in the Park, looking for small animals that live in this semi-arid environment. We will note animal signs and habits of larger mammals as well.
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Teen River Skills Day Camp

  • Where: Colorado River near Moab, Utah
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    2015 Dates TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 Days, day camp only
  • Time: 8 a.m to 5 p.m for 3 days (no overnight camping)
  • Age Group: Entering 7th through 12th grades
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA (Reduced 2015 Fee TBA for students in Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $25 applies to total due
  • This exciting teen river skills day camp is a 3-day learning experience for teens entering 7th-12th grades. CFI’s experienced Naturalist Guides will teach you to navigate whitewater rivers through a hands-on rafting, inflatable kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boards. Practice river reading skills and learn how to row a raft or paddle a ducky. We'll cover basic river safety, river rescue, maneuvering different types of boats, ethics for river travel, and have fun swimming in the river’s milder sections!
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LaSal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

  • Where: Warner Lake
  • When: through
  • When: through
  • What months available:

    2015 Dates TBA

  • Number of Days/Nights: 4 days, 3 nights
  • Time: 9 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Friday, campers camp overnight in tents.
  • Group Size: Min 6 and Max 20
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA per 4-day session (Reduced 2015 Fee TBA for youths attending Grand County School District*)
  • Deposit: $25
  • Deadline for Signup: 7 calendar days prior to trip date.
  • 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.
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Private, Custom One Day River Trip

  • Where: Moab "Daily" stretch of the Colorado River
  • What months available:

    late April to mid-October except for late July

  • Number of Days/Nights: 1 Day
  • Time: 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 9 to 15 people
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 5 to 8 people
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 3 to 4 people
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 2 people
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 1 person
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA - 16 to 40 people
  • 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.
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Custom Colorado River Trips – Ruby / Horsethief

  • Where: Loma to either Cisco or Westwater depending on age of participants
  • What months available:

    Mid-May through Late October

  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 days/3 nights OR 4 days/4 nights
  • Age Group: Loma to Westwater Ranger Station for Adults and Youth 6 and over; Loma to Cisco (Includes Westwater Canyon) for Adults and Youth 12 and over
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA/day - Adult
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA/day - Youth 6-17 (must be 6 in month of trip - Loma to Westwater)
  • Cost per Person: 2015 Fee TBA/day - Youth 12-17 (must be 12 in month of trip - Loma to Cisco)
  • Cost per Person: $10 Loma-WWRS or $20 Loma-Cisco - BLM Special Area Fees/per person
  • Custom Colorado River Trips - Ruby / Horsethief - Departs Loma, Colorado, and travels through dramatic red sandstone towers. Float the mild waters of Horsethief and Ruby Canyons, OR if your children are 12 years and older extend your trip through the exciting Class III-V rapids of Westwater Canyon to Cisco, Utah! Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history, and animal life from our naturalist-guides. Special nature art and games are planned for the kids. Our small group size, involvement of all in river camp life, and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill of our licensed naturalist-guides assure an unforgettable experience. We have lots of options on dates for this stretch.
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