Adult Adventure Seminars

Adult Adventure Seminars

Explore, Play, and Learn

at the Confluence of Adventure and Education.

These all-inclusive small group seminars seamlessly blend learning and outdoor exploration and offer lodge, river and base camp options. These popular programs fill quickly!

Our adult field seminars are specifically designed for those who want to go deeper in their understanding of the Colorado Plateau. Topics focus on the broad sweep of regional cultural history, and when possible, include Indigenous viewpoints and local insights. At CFI, we are interested in everything around us; we will take a look at the geological formations, flora and wildlife that define this high desert landscape. We touch on current issues affecting local economies and conservation. Physical activity varies from mild to challenging depending on the trip.

Your trip fees help to support our efforts to share skills, knowledge and the magic of unplugged exploration with kids. What better way to create the next generation of outdoor stewards!? 

The combination of helpful guides and knowledgeable topic experts will take care of everything, including packing gear, arranging transportation, and for the camping trips, running an impressive kitchen.!

See all our Adult Trip Offerings Questions? Inquire today!

Call 1435-259-7750 or email

” Some might question the prudence of spending millions of dollars on research to explain a long-vanished people or even the relevance of this research to our society today…The dramatic rise and rapid collapse of the Fremont of Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek and elsewhere on the Tavaputs Plateau is a pattern that could be posed to repeat itself.” Spangler. Nine Mile Canyon- The Archaeological History of an American Treasure, 2013.

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Explore with the pros

CFI works with professional archaeologists, naturalist experts, and local services to provide authentic, enriching experiences across the Colorado Plateau. Come learn from the best!

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All Inclusive Trips

Enjoy a balance of moderate physical exercise, optional nature hikes from camp or along the river, time to read from our rich trip library, great food and company, engaging conversations, spectacular night skies, and the profound silence of the desert back country.

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Help us teach kids

Helping Canyonlands Field Institute provide meaningful outdoor experiences has never been this easy! By adventuring with us, you support our youth programs. This is a win-win.

See other ways to support what we do.

Navajo Mountain Hiking & History

After more than 50 years of outdoor adventures, the CFI Navajo Mountain trip was a real stand out! It was definitely a top life list trip.

Nancy S

Alexandria, VA

Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears Utah Archaeology

The entire experience was mind, heart and soul opening. It was a terrific group of people and group cohesion isn’t always easy but I felt we really gelled as a group. I learned so much and, looking so far back into humanity, I feel a little less anxious about our fate as humans-not that I won’t continue on with all my engagements to make the world a better, safer and life sustaining place. Thanks for taking care of all of us. I will keep CFI on my radar. You do great work.

Anne R

Berkeley, CA

Womens’ River Trip

My specific highlights were: Strong women, fun little rapids, readings, journaling, food, geology lessons, excellent organization of trip. We sought to share the spirituality of the Earth and of ourselves. We left behind competition with the Earth and with one another.

Betsy R

Range Creek Archaeology

Overall, this is an excellent tour. The CFI staff are very professional, and attentive to every need of the guests. Camp management and food preparation and presentation were impressive. The guests were all very friendly and interested in the archaeology, geology, and natural history of the area.

Kevin Jones

Retired, Utah State Archaeologist and Author

Range Creek Archaeology

A must-do trip for the curious adventurer! Travel into the beautiful remote Range Creek canyon with loads of sightings of rock art, granaries and dwelling sites. Guides are knowledgeable in Fremont and the local ranching history. Delicious meals.

Lori C

Adult Adventure Seminars

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The health and well-being of participants on CFI programs are a priority. Canyonlands Field Institute is committed to minimizing and mitigating the risks associated with backcountry and wilderness adventure trips and programs. Due to inherent risks associated with activities on our programs, as well as environmental considerations, CFI programs are open to individuals who meet the following Essential Eligibility Criteria, and who acknowledge their ability to meet these criteria.

Furthermore, we have instituted policies and procedures to address COVID-19. Current protocols follow CDC guidelines and are in addition to all of our normal operating standards and best practices. Because these policies are in flux, please reach out to for more info.