• Where: Drop off and pick up is at CFI headquarters, located at 1320 South Hwy 191, Moab UT 84532.
  • When: July 06, 2020 through July 10, 2020
  • When: July 13, 2020 through July 17, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Monday through Friday
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Group Size: Maximum 8
  • Age Group: Entering 4th-6th grades or ages 9-12
  • Cost per Person: $150 per youth (Grand County School District students only)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Where: Colorado River - Dewey to Professor Valley
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Night
  • Group Size: 15 minimum / 40 maximum
  • Age Group: Middle school, high school or college
  • Cost per Person: $250/person - No BLM special fee
  • Deposit: Nonrefundable deposit of five participant fees is required to secure your program dates.
  • Whitewater Academy

    Learn Whitewater Rafting Skills on the Colorado River

    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: July 27, 2020 through July 30, 2020
  • 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) due May 16. Families will receive a full refund in the event that one or more camp sessions are cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • WFR WAFA re-certification course

    WFR and WAFA Recertification

    Multiple day-long indoor classes: includes CPR and two-year certifications

    WMI offers this course with a two-year recertification for Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and Wilderness EMT. Includes two year CPR. Register through CFI.

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  • Where: Center Street Gym 203 E. Center Street, Moab, Utah 84532
  • When: February 19, 2020 through February 21, 2020
  • Time: 7:45 am
  • Group Size: Maximum 30
  • Cost per Person: $350.00/person or $332.50 CFI Members
  • Deposit: $150 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
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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.

    There is an optional Moab early morning start (6:15 a.m. and late evening return by 7:00 p.m. traveling with a CFI van; please notify our CFI office 7 days prior to the trip if you wish to travel one or both ways with CFI van.)

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  • Where: Colorado River, Horsethief and Ruby Canyons
  • When: February 29, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: One day
  • Group Size: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $160, CFI Members $152
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable) applies to total due.
  • Deadline for Signup: February 21, 2020
  • 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: Navajo Mountain, Utah
  • When: September 27, 2020 through October 03, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights and six days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-Members $2700, CFI Members $2565 plus $60 Navajo Nation fees
  • Deposit: $500 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: April 10, 2020
  • 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
  • When: October 08, 2020 through October 10, 2020
  • 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: Fall - September 24, 2020
  • 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
  • When: September 15, 2020 through September 19, 2020
  • 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: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears Utah Archaeology

    Explore Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument by van and short hikes with guest experts Greg Nunn and Lyle Belanquah.

    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 Bears Ears National Monument and nearby Cedar Mesa. 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 are included.

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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights and three days
  • Time: October 15-18, 2020
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 9
  • 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
  • Native Teen Guide-in-Training

    Native Teen Guide-in-Training is designed for students entering 8th – 12th grades interested in building community amongst Native teens from around the country while developing leadership and whitewater rafting skills.

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  • Where: Bluff and the Upper San Juan River
  • When: June 21, 2020 through June 27, 2020
  • Group Size: Minimum 14, Maximum 20
  • Age Group: Entering 8th through 12th grades
  • Cost per Person: $50 (Non-refundable)
  • Deadline for Signup: Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2020 Rolling deadline after this time period
  • 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: Fisher Towers Section of the Colorado River
  • When: August 03, 2020 through August 05, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Two nights and three days
  • 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) due May 16. Families will receive a full refund in the event that one or more camp sessions are cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Colorado River Overnight Scenic Float

    Float the Colorado from Dewey Bridge or from Fisher Towers through Professor Valley

    Private Colorado River Overnight Trip with Canyonlands Field Institute begins at Dewey Bridge and runs through the scenic Fisher Towers section through Professor Valley near Moab UT. Join us with your family or friends! We begin with your group at the historic Dewey Bridge and end the next afternoon at the BLM boat ramp after a day of scenic floating and river fun, sumptuous dinner and camping under the stars, and final day of gentle to exciting whitewater. This scenic river stretch is rated Class I-II (out of V to designate level types and quantity of whitewater) and we use a variety of boats depending on the time of year and your interests. This is a perfect stretch for families with a variety of ages, and our naturalist guides are great with kids. Contact us about your desired dates and also inquire about special request add-ons such as guest experts.

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  • Where: Colorado River - Dewey Bridge to BLM Takeout
  • What months available: This custom, private trip is available from mid- April through October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: 2 Days, 1 Night
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 25
  • Age Group: Adults and Families, minimum age 6 years old
  • Cost per Person: $335/person -
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: Fee is based on a minimum of 6 participants and includes transportation from Moab. Your group leader receives 50% discount once the full six spots are covered. Additional spots beyond the 7th are full fee.
  • Deposit: $100 per participant which applies to total trip fee
  • Deadline for Signup: Minimum of 2 weeks prior notice