Utah Outdoor Education Adventures

Outdoor Education for over 30 years

Founded in 1984 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Canyonlands Field Institute is an outdoor education organization and licensed outfitter located in the red rock country of Moab, Utah. CFI operates by permits in partnership with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, States of Utah and Colorado, and the Navajo Nation.

We encourage people of all ages to experience wild nature directly, with few of the trappings of modern life, through hiking, camping, nature and day tours, and river running. Thousands of adults, families, students, and their teachers have participated in our outdoor education programs over the last 30 years while studying natural and cultural history, public lands management and current issues, writing, and Leave No Trace practices.

Our Professor Valley Field Camp is located in a breathtaking setting just 20 miles north east of Moab. CFI also has campground use permits in the nearby La Sal Mountains where we host outdoor education summer programs.

Both adult and student participants have the opportunity to experience river running on the Colorado River, Green River, or San Juan River; or venture into Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Parks, BLM Special Management and Wilderness Study Areas, or the the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

We conduct special topic adult seminars and trips at Cedar Mesa, Range Creek, Eastern Book Cliffs, and Navajo Mountain/Rainbow Bridge. Adults and families may arrange custom trips in a variety of formats, one day or longer depending on your plans.

Overnight programs bring you to spectacular settings either camping on the river, hiking with truck or pack stock support, or basing at nearby guest ranch or lodges.

CFI has a long reputation as one of the finest outdoor education and recreation organizations in the region. We show you extraordinary places where you get to learn something along the way, with less adrenaline rush.

Join us on an adventure and learning experience, and take away memories that will last a lifetime.


Why CFI?

CFI strives to create unforgettable experiences.

Our unique land and river trips incorporate activities that bring families, friends, and student groups together, create shared memories, and strengthen appreciation for the place we call home.

CFI focuses on participation and learning.

With our knowledgeable expert Guest Guides and CFI Naturalist Guides, everyone has a role as we explore the desert environment, cultural history, and daily living through active, fun, and unique learning experiences.

CFI offers moderate pricing.

We are committed to taking a sensible approach to trip planning and provide affordable lodging, delicious and healthy meals, and comfort without the pampering.

CFI demonstrates green thinking.

We believe and engage in buying locally from the many resources we have close to home, teaching “leave no trace” principles, and other environmentally sound practices on every trip.

CFI is a nonprofit organization.

While we provide rich experiences for you, your trip dollars help underwrite outdoor education programs for schools and youth.

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