Adult / Family Programs

Trips, tours, and seminars to remember for a lifetime

CFI's scheduled adult and family programs take you to wilderness treasures and historic, inspiring places in Utah and Colorado. Choose a scheduled multi-day river or land trip or day tour, or plan a custom trip. Kids get to go to camp too! Our spring and summer camps offer outdoor adventures that will engage kids from middle through high school.

We work with local personalities, guest experts, and quality, locally-owned services to bring you the best possible vacation or camp experience.

Whichever trip or tour suits your needs, you’ll 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.

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 the following specific policies and procedures in addressing the current health crisis. Note that these new protocols are specific to the COVID-19 pandemic response, and are supplemental and in addition to all of our normal operating standards and best practices. COVID-19 Guide for Participants


Day Tours

Enjoy nature and rock art hikes around the Moab area and in Arches or Canyonlands National Parks. Our Naturalist-Guides are fun, knowledgable, and experienced. Half and full day tours can be adjusted to suit your interests and physical abilities. We’re also great with kids!

River Trips

CFI offers river trips on stretches the Colorado, Green, Upper and Lower San Juan Rivers every season from mid April through late October. Each trip is a little different each time – we offer new highlights including guest educators, and interesting perspectives on cultural history.

Land Trips

Our land trips take you to destinations you won’t find offered anywhere else! Plan a visit to the archeological sites at Range Creek, experience Navajo culture and the Diné way of life at Rainbow Bridge and Navajo Mountain, or explore the archaeological project at Cedar Mesa. We offer these and more!

Youth Camps

When school is out for the summer CFI offers fun and educational middle school and teen camps to keep your son or daughter engaged and excited to learn, forging new friendships, and staying involved in their community. Spaces fill quickly so sign them up now for the best summer ever!