Our Reopening Guidelines


​Dear Friends,

It has been a long, hard few months of stay at home orders, program cancellations and remote work life adjustments. You have all been in our thoughts as we have been busy looking for ways to survive and support our community.

On 6/1/20 CFI re-opened our office to the public in accordance with Utah’s health guidance system measures for the “low-risk” phase “Yellow.” All of our 2020 overnight youth summer programs have been canceled. Instead, we are offering a few weeks of our new Adventure Day Camps to support families in need of low-cost, quality outdoor activities for kids of the Grand County School District area this summer. 

Our biggest priority remains to be proactive to help control the spread of this illness for the wellbeing of our community, program participants, and staff. In addition to our normal operating standards, we increased sanitization and operating policies in line with guidelines issued by government authorities, the CDC, and the Southeastern Utah Health Department. We also included input from the National Park Service, Utah Guides and Outfitters Association, and American Camp Association (to name just a few!)

 If you visit our office:

  • Use the hand sanitizer located outside our office doors prior to entering
  • Please wear a mask while in our office
  • Keep a 6-foot distance from others as much as possible
  • Be prepared to have your temperature taken and fill out a short symptom screening questionnaire

CFI will operate with:

  • Reduced group sizes
  • Special sanitization and distancing efforts in vehicles, on boats, with gear and educational supplies, and generally throughout programs
  • Increased accessibility to hand wash and sanitizer opportunities
  • CFI staff participating in Moab Regional Hospital’s COVID-19 “Routine Asymptomatic Screening” testing program with nasal swab and/or antibody testing before programs 
  • Participants and CFI staff must complete a symptom screening questionnaire each day before trips
  • Participants and CFI staff will wear masks around group gear and each other

We are closely monitoring the ‘re-opening’ of Moab as it evolves, and will continue to update this page with information about our programs and organizational decisions. 

CFI’s mission to connect people of all ages with nature and to develop skills related to self-awareness and positive relationships is critical as we navigate the challenges ahead. Together, with each other’s support, we will make it through this unsettling time and continue to explore and care for the Colorado Plateau. 


Karla VanderZanden
Co-Founder and Executive Director