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.
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

    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.

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  • Where: Arches National Park
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Call or inquire below for availability
  • Time: Two options available; Half-day, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Full-day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Half Day: $480/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Cost per Person: Full Day: $800/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • 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
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • 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
  • Destination: Moab Daily of the Colorado River

    Our Naturalist Guides are knowledgeable, capable and great with kids!

    Treat your group to a private guided whitewater trip down the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River! Experience incredible views of the Fisher Towers, Cathedral Mesa, and Castle Valley while floating through class I – III whitewater. This one-day boat trip is the perfect addition to your Moab experience. This private rafting trip includes everything your group needs for a day out on the river. Experience CFI’s unique combination of Education and Adventure.

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  • Where: Moab "Daily" stretch of the Colorado River
  • What months available: April through late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Day
  • Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Maximum group size is 40. If you have a larger group, we can run two simultaneous trips
  • Age Group: Adults and children four years old and older
  • Cost per Person: Daily rates per group: 1-6 people: $800/group; for 7-10 people, $1200/group; for 11-20 people, $1700/group; for groups 21 and above add $100 per person above the $1700 group rate for 20. Max 40
  • Deposit: $200/trip deposit (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 30 days prior.
  • Deadline for Signup: One week prior notice for private trip
  • Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

    Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips on the Colorado River: exciting Class III-IV rapids are bound to thrill even the veteran river runner. Westwater is one of the premiere whitewater stretches in the west. Create a custom overnight Westwater Canyon trip for your group with CFI - we do "more" than just rapids... come learn, hike to Indian Rock art, historic caves and cabins, and learn about the incredible geology of this canyon!

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Book your trip from late April through mid-October except for late May through June high water
  • Number of Days/Nights: One night and two days
  • Group Size: 6 persons minimum/25 persons maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $445 - Adults
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area River Fee
  • Cost per Person: 6 persons minimum; one group leader 50% discount once 6 minimum met except Special Area Fee still applies to group leader
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due
  • 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.)