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Eagle Float on the Colorado River

Join CFI, Sheri Griffith Expeditions, Hawkwatch International and the Moab Bird Club on this amazing day!

Float down a mild and scenic stretch of the Colorado River this February for a chance to see wintering bald eagles in a wilderness setting. Along the way there will be opportunities to learn about bird identification from Hawkwatch International staff and our local Moab Bird Club. Participants initially meet "at the take out" at the Ranger Station and CFI will transport to the launch point at Loma.

There is an optional Moab early morning start (6:15 a.m. and late evening return by 7:00 p.m. traveling with a CFI van; please notify our CFI office 7 days prior to the trip if you wish to travel one or both ways with CFI van.)

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  • Where: Colorado River, Horsethief and Ruby Canyons
  • When: February 29, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Group Size: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $160, CFI Members $152
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable) applies to total due.
  • Deadline for Signup: February 21, 2020
  • Rainbow Bridge Trail Supported Trekking

    Supported trekking with pack llamas, CFI, and Navajo guides on the historic traditional pilgrimage route to spectacular Rainbow Bridge

    Hike and camp with llama packstock support on the traditional pilgrimage route to Rainbow Bridge, the earth's largest natural bridge, and sacred place to the Navajo culture. The trip starts in Page, AZ with hotel stay and trip orientation first evening with CFI guide. We travel to Navajo Mountain by van the next day and do a half day hike and visit a Navajo family, and camp or stay in their guest hogan. We are guests of the Atene family. Four nights on the trail, and a boat ride out the last day! A rare cultural experience you won't want to miss!

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  • Where: Navajo Mountain, Utah
  • When: September 27, 2020 through October 03, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights and six days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-Members $2700, CFI Members $2565 plus $60 Navajo Nation fees
  • Deposit: $500 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: April 10, 2020
  • Range Creek Utah Archaeology

    Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologist. Dr. Kevin Jones.

    Range Creek Utah archaeology trip is a rare opportunity to see sites and prehistoric Fremont rock art in a two-day / two-night vehicle trip with overnight camping. Range Creek is hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. Guest experts will narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left, with the help of CFI Naturalist Guides.

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  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: October 08, 2020 through October 10, 2020
  • What months available: Call to arrange a custom private trip - subject to permit and faculty availability. At least 60 days notice is needed.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Two days and two nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $700, CFI Members $666
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: Fall - September 24, 2020
  • Navajo Mountain Archaeology and Navajo Culture

    Join the Atene Family and guest archaeologist Sally Cole on day hikes at Navajo Mountain

    Learn about prehistoric and current Navajo and Paiute cultural groups that have called Naatsis'aan (Navajo Mountain) home. This trip is designed and led by CFI's Founder, Karla VanderZanden together with guest archaeologist Sally Cole and members of the Navajo Mountain Atene family. We make a base tent camp with truck support and take half day and full day hikes to sites in the family's traditional grazing area and other sites we have permission to visit near the community.

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  • Where: Navajo Mountain, Arizona/Utah Border
  • When: September 15, 2020 through September 19, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights, four days which includes first night lodge stay and orientation in Bluff, then three nights camping with truck support with Navajo family.
  • Time: Evening day one through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $1670/person; or CFI Member $1587.50 plus $48 Navajo Nation fees
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears Utah Archaeology

    Explore Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument by van and short hikes with guest experts Greg Nunn and Lyle Belanquah.

    Learn about "Paleo Bears Ears" with Greg Nunn and about later cultural occupations with Hopi archaeologist, Lyle Balenquah. This is an opportunity to visit authorized sites with experts' insights.... in Bears Ears National Monument and nearby Cedar Mesa. This region is truly a world class "outdoor museum" with evidence of several thousand years of human occupation. Three nights lodging double occupancy, all meals, day field trip BLM permits, and transportation are included.

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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights and three days
  • Time: October 15-18, 2020
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $990. CFI Members $940.50 - plus $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • National Parks Bus Tour Step On Naturalists

    Personable interpreters can narrate your group's bus tour of National Parks

    CFI has knowledgeable National Park Bus Tour Guides that will "step on" your bus for short national park bus tours through Arches or Canyonlands Parks. Our local, personable, and enthusiastic naturalist guide will join your bus for a special, informative tour.

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  • Where: Arches or Canyonlands National Park
  • What months available: April through October, call to arrange.
  • Our morning rock art tours include stops at panels like this one

    Moab’s Ancient Past: Dinosaur Tracks and Native Rock Art Tour

    Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites on your own private tour.

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  • Where: BLM land around the Moab area
  • What months available: April through October
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480 (Up to 6 People) As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no taxes are charged for our programs.
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Deadline for Signup: Call or inquire below for availability
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

    Enjoy the beauty of Arches while gaining a deeper understanding of place on your own private tour.

    During the Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Arches while learning the natural history of this landscape. Join us for this popular van tour with a CFI Naturalist-Guide and learn about the park’s history and environment through short hikes to a variety of famous arches. Includes Delicate Arch Overlook and the Windows area or other locations depending on your interest and abilities.

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  • Where: Arches National Park
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Call or inquire below for availability
  • Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480 (Up to 6 People) As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no taxes are charged for our programs.
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Women Wild by Nature River Trip

    Women's rafting and inflatable kayak trip

    Join CFI's Founding Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only rafting trip. This exclusive trip takes place on a different river stretch each year! CFI women’s trips provide a time and place for deepening connections to the wild and trying out new skills. You will have the opportunity to be physical, relax, and play outdoors!

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  • Where: Colorado River Rafting - Horsethief, Ruby & Westwater Canyons
  • When: August 10, 2020 through August 14, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights, includes first evening at Springhill Marriott, downtown Grand Junction, CO
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 15
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $1200.00 per person; $1140 CFI members. Plus BLM Special Fees $20/person
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: TRIP IS FULL; contact us to be on wait list
  • One Day River Trip

    Our Naturalist Guides are knowledgeable, capable and great with kids!

    Raft the "Moab Daily" Section of the Colorado River on a private one-day river trip with CFI Naturalist Guides! Our Naturalist Guides really know Professor Valley/Fisher Towers geology, history, river ecology, animal lore, and more. Families are welcome (minimum of 4 years of age). Our guides are particularly great with kids since we work with many youth groups throughout the season.

    You may might also be looking for a fun and informative outing for your business or board retreat. With notice, CFI can arrange a guest expert to join your group (history, geology, Colorado River issues, etc. )

    Another reason to choose CFI? CFI, is a nonprofit, and you help to underwrite quality outdoor education school programs for area students. and there is no additional sales tax added to your fee.

    This trip will be just for you; we will pick you up at your hotel or meet at CFI headquarters south of town. Your fee includes lunch, snacks, and transportation from town.

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  • Where: Moab "Daily" stretch of the Colorado River
  • What months available: April through late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Day
  • Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and Children four years old and older
  • Cost per Person: Daily rates per group: 1-6 people: $800/group; for 7-10 people, $1200/group ; for 11-20 people, $1700/group.
  • Deposit: $200/trip deposit (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 30 days prior.
  • Deadline for Signup: One week prior notice for private trip