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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.
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!Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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.Learn More →
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!Learn More →