Ancient Peoples of the La Sal Borderlands

Archaeology of Moab & Indian Creek by vehicle and short hikes to cultural sites

An exploratory archaeology seminar that features the northern periphery of the Puebloan world- where ancient peoples migrated, met and mingled. With guest scholar Dr. Steve Simms and associate Jeff Clapp, we explore cultural sites near Moab, north and south of the La Sal Mountains including Canyon Rims area and Indian Creek. Day outings by vehicle and short hikes from base camps, meals are included.

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  • When: September 25, 2021 through September 30, 2021
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Cost per Person: $1800 Non Member; $1710 CFI member
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Coyote Camp

    Educational Yurt Camping

    Treat your family to a unique Moab vacation experience. Professor Valley Family Camp is the perfect getaway for families who are looking to experience solitude, family connection, and an immersive desert experience. Camp in tipis or stay in a yurt. This is not your standard Moab camping experience: Find rustic luxury at PVFC. The quiet, meditative nature of Professor Valley is the perfect complement to an exciting Moab adventure! It serves a great basecamp to explore Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as state parks, BLM trails, the La Sal Mountains, and the countless other adventures awaiting in the Moab area.

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  • Where: Professor Valley Field Camp
  • Time: Check-in: 3:30 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am
  • Group Size: Maximum 10
  • Cost per Person: $930/night for up to four people; $85/night for each additional person. Five year olds and younger are free.
  • Deposit: 40% nonrefundable deposit is due to hold your date.
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    Eagle Float on the Colorado River

    CFI and Sheri Griffith Expeditions partner on this unique winter outing

    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 guests from Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City and other "expert" birders. Participants initially meet "at the take out" at the Ranger Station and CFI will transport to the launch point at Loma. Covid protocols will be in place; please contact us if you would like additional information on these outfitting and transportation protocols.

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  • Where: Colorado River, Horsethief and Ruby Canyons
  • When: February 27, 2021
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Group Size: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $170, CFI Members $161.50
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable) applies to total due.
  • Deadline for Signup: February 21, 2021
  • 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: Page, AZ and Navajo Mountain, UT; Rainbow Bridge Nat'l Monument
  • When: October 02, 2021 through October 08, 2021
  • When: April 24, 2022 through April 30, 2022
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights and six days
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $2980.00 non-members; $2831.00 CFI members PLUS $60 Navajo Nation Special Use Fee
  • Deposit: $500 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: 14 days prior
  • Range Creek Utah Archaeology

    Vehicle Tour and Camping with Truck Support

    Range Creek Utah archaeology trip is a rare opportunity to see and learn about prehistory and pioneer settlement in this remote canyon in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah. Our CFI seminar format extending over two and half days allows for in depth learning and a chance to enjoy higher elevation camping. Dr. Kevin Jones is our lead guest scholar this year and he will be joined by archaeologist and educator, Ms. Jamie Hollingsworth. The focus will be on Archaic and Fremont prehistoric lifeways, the relatively recent official "discovery" of Range Creek that was long protected under private ownership. Faculty will highlight ongoing academic research and applications. CFI Naturalist Guides share knowledge about the geology, wildlife, wildflowers and provide a comfortable camp and great meals.

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  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 04, 2021 through June 06, 2021
  • What months available: It may be possible to arrange an additional date for a custom private trip - subject to permit and faculty availability. At least 90 days notice is needed.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Two and half days and two nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $800.00 Non member; $760.00 CFI Member
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup:
  • Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears Utah Archaeology

    Explore Bears Ears National Monument & Cedar Mesa by vehicle and short hikes with guest experts

    Learn about "Paleo Bears Ears" and later cultural occupations with our two guest experts, Greg Nunn and Lyle Balenquah along with CFI Naturalist Guides. With a small group, this is an opportunity to visit authorized sites with experts' insights. in the greater Bears Ears National Monument region, nearby Cedar Mesa and San Juan River corridor. This region is truly a world class "outdoor museum" with evidence of several thousand years of human occupation. Three nights lodging, all meals, day field trip BLM permits, and transportation options are included. Covid 19 protocols in place, details available.

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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and the greater Bears Ears National Monument region in Southeastern Utah.
  • When: October 12, 2021 through October 15, 2021
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights and three and a half days
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $1500 Non Member; $1425 CFI Member; 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.

    The Moab area is incredibly rich with both human and natural history. This van-based tour explores Moab’s ancient archeological and sites as well as our, significantly more ancient, dinosaur fossils and tracks. This is not your typical Moab tourist experience! A CFI Naturalist-Guide leads this informative and fun adventure that features stops at various examples of Ancient American rock art and explorations of paleontological tracks and fossils. Along the way, your guide can also share information about the local flora and fauna, geology, and recent history of the Moab area.

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  • What months available: April through October
  • Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480, can include up to six people, Larger groups inquire about group rate
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

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

    Arches National Park is one of the most iconic spaces in the Desert Southwest. On this bucket-list tour, witness desert wildlife surrounded by legendary sandstone features like Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock. During this Naturalist-led experience, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the National Park, while learning about the diverse natural and human history of the area. This is a van-based, private experience with many opportunities for small side hiking that can be adjusted to your group’s interest or physical ability.

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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: Two options available; Half-day, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Full-day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Half Day: $480/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Cost per Person: Full Day: $800/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Women: Wisened by Nature – Lodge & River Trip

    Women's Trip, Lodge based with day river and land tours

    Join CFI's Founding Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only trip, featuring day river trips and nearby nature outings. 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 - Red Cliffs Lodge & Colorado River, Professor Valley
  • When: August 16, 2021 through August 19, 2021
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights at Red Cliffs Lodge, Hwy 128 along the Colorado River near Moab
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $1500.00 per person; $1425.00 CFI members.
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start