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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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.)