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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 28, 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
  • 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

    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 - 2021 dates coming soon
  • When: through
  • 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:
  • 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
  • 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: Cancelled
  • Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears Utah Archaeology

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

    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 the greater Bears Ears National Monument region, nearby Cedar Mesa and San Juan River canyons. 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 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.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights and three days
  • Time: October 15-18, 2020
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • 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.

    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.
  • Destination: Moab Daily of the Colorado River

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

    Treat your group to a private guided whitewater trip down the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River! Experience incredible views of the Fisher Towers, Cathedral Mesa, and Castle Valley while floating through class I – III whitewater. This one-day boat trip is the perfect addition to your Moab experience. This private rafting trip includes everything your group needs for a day out on the river. Experience CFI’s unique combination of Education and Adventure.

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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
  • Group Size: Maximum group size is 40. If you have a larger group, we can run two simultaneous trips
  • 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; for groups 21 and above add $100 per person above the $1700 group rate for 20. Max 40
  • 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
  • Custom Colorado River Trips – Ruby / Horsethief

    Custom Colorado River Trips - Ruby / Horsethief - Departs from Loma, Colorado, and travels through dramatic red sandstone towers. Float the mild waters of Horsethief and Ruby Canyons, if your children are 12 years and older you can extend your trip through the exciting Class IV rapids of Westwater Canyon! Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history, and animal life from our naturalist-guides. Special nature art and games are planned for the kids. Our small group size, involvement of all in river camp life, and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill of our licensed naturalist-guides assure an unforgettable experience. We have lots of options on dates for this stretch.

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  • Where: Starts with motel stay and trip orientation. Colorado River, Loma to either Cisco or Westwater depending on age of participants, water levels and trip length desired.
  • What months available: Mid-May through Late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 nights/3 days or 4 nights/4 days includes first night motel stay and orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 paying participants and maximum 25 people
  • Age Group: Loma to Westwater Ranger Station for Adults and Youth 6 and over; Loma to Cisco (Includes Westwater Canyon) for Adults and youth with parent 12 and older
  • Cost per Person: $730.00/person - for 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - for 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 Loma-WWRS or $20 Loma-Cisco (includes Westwater Canyon) - BLM Special Area Fees/per person
  • Cost per Person: Once the 6 minimum is met, your group leaders receives 50% discount; additional beyond the 7th are full fee. -
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due