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.
  • Private Upper San Juan River Trips

    A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art

    Private Upper San Juan River trips are for adults and kids 6 and over. This popular 26-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art, and dwellings. We’ll find mild rapids and wonderful scenic floats along ever-changing dramatic canyon walls. This is a great family trip and a gentle interaction with the outdoors. In summer and early fall months, we can add inflatable kayaks affectionately called "duckies."

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  • Where: Begins and ends in Bluff, UT the night before the launch, with trip from Sand Island launch to Mexican Hat takeout.
  • What months available: Best months are mid April through early July and late August through late October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends three night or four night trips on this stretch, the first night is a lodge stay in Bluff and orientation.
  • Group Size: 6  person minimum (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $730/person - 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants and vary by trip length. One group leader 50% discount except for Special Area Fee once 6 minimum met (adult or youth fees.)
  • Deposit: $300 person applies to total due.
  • Private Lower San Juan River Trips

    Custom Lower San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 years old and above. The popular 56-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water including the world-famous Goosenecks section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.

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  • Where: Start and end in Bluff, UT; Float the San Juan River, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills,
  • What months available: April through October with spring and fall months ideal.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends 5 nights for this stretch which includes first night lodge stay and orientation. Call to discuss typical water levels for the dates of interest.
  • Time: Extend your trip by adding the upper San Juan - call to discuss.
  • Group Size: 6 minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 6 years old and up; must be 6 at least in month of trip
  • Cost per Person: $1000. - per person
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: $20 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: 6 persons minimum; one group leader 50% discount except for Special Area Fee once 6 minimum met (adult or youth fees.)