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 the Indian Creek unit of Bears Ears National Monument. 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
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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. Covid protocols in place.

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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: April 24, 2021 through April 30, 2021
  • 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.

    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.

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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 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
  • 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 Springhill Marriott, downtown Grand Junction, CO
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 15
  • 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