Whitewater Academy

Learn Whitewater Rafting Skills on the Colorado River

Our new summer program, Whitewater Academy, is an intensive four-day training for teens wanting to learn leadership and whitewater skills. In the heat of the summer, spend four days learning to paddle captain and row an oar boat. Finish with a bang in Westwater Canyon, some of the country's best whitewater, cutting through the black schist walls. CFI’s instructors, all certified whitewater guides, will coach students to navigate whitewater rivers, practice river reading skills, and learn how to row or paddle a raft. The curriculum includes basic river rescue, risk management and decision making, ethics for river travel, and swimming in the river’s milder sections.

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  • Where: Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater Canyons
  • When: August 05, 2019 through August 08, 2019
  • Group Size: Minimum 10 Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Entering 10th - 12th grades
  • Cost per Person: $590 per youth ($490 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District) +$20 BLM Fee
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Where: Bluff and the Upper San Juan River
  • Group Size: Minimum 14, Maximum 20
  • Age Group: Entering 8th through 12th grades
  • Cost per Person: $50 - Val A. Browning Foundation has generously provided financial support to help us greatly underwrite the true cost of the program.
  • Youth River Skills Camp

    Learn to raft, paddle, and duckie the Colorado River this summer!

    The Youth River Skills Camp is summer learning adventure for young adults entering 7th-9th grades. In the heat of the summer spend three awesome days paddling and rowing on the Colorado River. CFI’s experienced Naturalist Guides will teach kids to navigate rivers, starting out on calm water stretch and working up to some whitewater. Practice river reading skills, and learn how to row a raft or paddle a ducky, how to set up camp and be an awesome camp cook. This is a hands-on experience using paddle rafts and duckies. We'll cover basic river safety, river rescue, maneuvering different types of boats, ethics for river travel, and have fun swimming in the river’s milder sections!

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  • Where: Colorado River from Dewey Bridge to Rocky takeout
  • When: July 29, 2019 through July 31, 2019
  • Group Size: Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Entering 7th through 9th grades
  • Cost per Person: $350 per youth ($250 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

    An exciting summer opportunity for kids entering the 5th through 8th grades!

    Our popular Explorers Base Camp is an exciting summer opportunity for kids entering 5th through 7th grades who want to be active, have fun and learn about our amazing backyard La Sal Mountains.

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  • Where: Warner Lake Campground, La Sal Mountains
  • When: July 08, 2019 through July 12, 2019
  • When: July 15, 2019 through July 19, 2019
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 12 and Maximum 20
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Cost per Person: $325 per youth ($225 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • School River Trip: Westwater Canyon

    For Grade 9 and up - a classic and exciting whitewater experience through geologically and historically rich Westwater Canyon!

    School River Trip: Westwater Canyon Overnight explores wonderful Westwater, a Wilderness Study Area, with CFI Naturalist-Guides. Experience the one of the west's premier whitewater stretches with 6 miles of exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids!

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Mid-March through mid-October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Night
  • Age Group: Grade nine and up
  • Cost per Person: $310 + $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: 5 student fees, non refundable. Applies to final total balance due.
  • School Field Camp and River Program – Two Nights

    School Field Camp and River Program - Two Nights, offers a fun land and river educational program in CFI's Moab area Professor Valley Field Camp and on the Colorado river.

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  • Where: Professor Valley Field Camp and the Colorado River
  • What months available: Spring and Fall, either Friday through Sunday, Monday through Wednesday, or Wednesday through Friday only.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Two Nights
  • Time: 3pm Day One through 4pm Last Day
  • Group Size: 15 minimum; 60 youth maximum
  • Age Group: Middle, High School, and College Students
  • Cost per Person: $300 based on minimum of 15 paid fees.
  • School Field Camp and River Program – Five Nights

    School Field Camp and River Program - Five Nights, offers an in-depth land and river educational program at CFI's field camp and on the Colorado river. Combine our two great Land & River Programs into one for an amazing educational adventure!

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  • Where: Professor Valley Field Camp and the Colorado River
  • Number of Days/Nights: Five Nights
  • Time: 4 p.m. Monday through 2:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Group Size: 15 minimum/60 youth maximum
  • Age Group: Middle, High School, and College Students
  • Cost per Person: $700
  • School Field Camp Program – Four Nights

    School Field Camp Program - Four Nights includes three full days of instruction and hikes and a fun day river trip on the Colorado River!

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  • Where: Professor Valley Field Camp with a one day River trip on the Colorado River
  • Time: Arrive at 3pm on the first day; Depart at 11am on the last day
  • Group Size: 15 minimum; 60 youth maximum
  • Age Group: All school ages
  • Cost per Person: $15 additional fee/person - If CFI provides transportation for river program.
  • Cost per Person: $510
  • Deposit: $2550 non-refundable deposit
  • School Hiking Field Trip – One Day

    School Hiking Field Trip -CFI offers one-day hiking tours for school and youth groups, including lunch and a snack. Customize your educational experience.

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  • Where: Options include: Arches National Park or La Sal Mountains; Desert ecology; Riparian stream ecology; Mountain and forest ecology
  • What months available: Desert locations: April-June; August-October
    Mountain locations: May-September
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Day
  • Time: Begins 9 a.m. and ends 3 p.m.
  • Group Size: 15 minimum; 40 maximum
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Cost per Person: $60
  • School River Trip – One Day

    School River Trip - One Day with CFI in Moab UT is a perfect educational stop for your school or youth group traveling in or through the Moab area.

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  • Where: Colorado River "Moab Daily" near Fisher Towers
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Day
  • Time: Begins 9 a.m. and Ends 3 p.m.
  • Group Size: 15 minimum; 40 maximum
  • Age Group: Adult Chaperones and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $80