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 the Indian Creek unit of Bears Ears National Monument. Day outings by vehicle and short hikes from base camps, meals are included.Learn More →
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. Covid protocols in place.
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 →
Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologist.
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. Dr. Kevin Jones will be our guest scholar this year and will narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here in the past and live here now. CFI Naturalist Guides share knowledge about the geology, 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 →
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 →