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!
This year our entire trip will be based at Red Cliffs Lodge located 14 miles from Moab along the Colorado River. We start with orientation at 7:30 the first evening, followed by two “daily” river trips plus evening and last morning outings to include a prehistoric American Indian petroglyph panel, a visit to CFI’s Professor Valley Field Camp and a nearby ranch that will serve as our future environmental education center.
We share readings from Ellen Meloy, Ann Zwinger, Terry Tempest Williams, and others who write creatively and passionately about the canyon country; you will have time to relax and read by the Lodge pool.
You may opt to try out the inflatable kayaks (IKs or “duckies”) or be in a raft with our guides. We will see dramatic geologic formations and have a good chance to sight wildlife such as Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Otters, Great Blue Herons and maybe Bald or Golden Eagles. The weather is typically dry, 90-100 degrees during the day, though we could have short storms at this change of season time. The river is still a comfortable temperature. We provide splash gear if needed and safety equipment.
Women of all ages and backgrounds enjoy this trip; youth 12 years and older – traveling with an adult – are welcome. This trip is often a memorable time with mom, grandmother, or that special aunt or mentor. Our group will be congenial and small with a nice mix of loyal returnees and first-timers. Our trip concludes with a short reflective time and “reciprocity” — ways of giving back to Mother Earth and restoring beauty and balance in our everyday lives.
Class I & II stretch of the Colorado River, scenic floats each day with small rapids, covering about 5-7 miles; we may run some sections again the second day. There is an option to paddle solo inflatable kayaks or ride in a guide operated raft. You need to be able to get in and out of rafts, both on shore and if you go into the river. You need to be able to walk up and down banks at lunch and takeout; there is one optional hike to an Indian petroglyph panel with gains of 200 feet in elevation.