• Where: Colorado River - Dewey to Professor Valley
  • What months available: March through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 1 Night
  • Group Size: 15 minimum / 40 maximum
  • Age Group: Middle school, high school or college
  • Cost per Person: $250/person - No BLM special fee
  • 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
  • Cedar Mesa & Comb Ridge Utah Archaeology

    Explore Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge by van and short hikes with guest archaeologist Jonathan Till and CFI guides.

    With guest archaeologist, Jonathan Till, explore a section Bears Ears National Monument that features several thousand years of human history and recent research findings on the " Chaco Phenomenan" of the northern Southwest. Three nights lodging double occupancy, all meals, day field trip permits, and transportation are included.

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  • Where: Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge areas in Southeastern Utah.
  • When: October 17, 2019 through October 20, 2019
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three nights and three days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-members $990, CFI Members $940.40 - plus $12 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • 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
  • 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: April 25, 2020 through May 01, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Six nights and seven days
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: Non-Members $2700, CFI Members $2565
  • 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: May 22, 2020 through May 24, 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: May 8, 2020
  • Exploring the Henry Mountains

    150 Years After John Wesley Powell

    Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Major John Wesley Powell's first exploratory trip in this region, our CFI special trip features the Henry Mountains considered "last named" by U.S. map makers. Our trip meets in Green River, Utah on the morning of the first day and ends in afternoon on the last day. The format of our trip is camping with truck support at a private ranch.

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  • Where: Starts/ends in Green River, Utah
  • When: September 27, 2019 through September 29, 2019
  • Number of Days/Nights: Three days and two nights
  • Time: Trip meets 9:00 am Green River; ends 4:00 pm in Green River
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Cost per Person: $790.00/person or $750.50 CFI Members
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Plein Air Moab – Colorado River Paint & Float

    A day of natural history exploration and artistic creation!

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  • Where: Onion Creek Creek Campground to Rocky Rapid Boat Ramp
  • When: October 06, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Group Size: 12
  • Age Group: 16+
  • Cost per Person: $150/person
  • Deposit: $50 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Deadline for Signup: September 22, 2019
  • 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.
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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 meet "at the take out" at the Ranger Station and CFI will transport to the launch point at Loma.

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  • Where: Colorado River, Horsethief and Ruby Canyons
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Deposit: $100 per participant which applies to total trip fee
  • Deadline for Signup: Minimum of 2 weeks prior notice