Lodge-based archeology and history exploration in the Utah desert!
Trip Full! View Moab and Bears Ears Archaeology for a similar experience.
SEMINAR FULL for 2022.
We will spend our days trekking into the desert to hidden archeological wonders and our evenings relaxing in the historic town of Bluff, Utah. This all-inclusive seminar provides transportation to and from sites, motel fees, home cooked meals, and professional archeologists to lead us to sites and provide interpretation.
A guided educational getaway
The seminar begins with a private, behind the scenes tour of the Edge of the Cedars Museum and then proceeds to base at Recapture Lodge for three nights. Each day involves day hikes 2-5 miles round trip in length. Expert archeologists will guide the group to authorized historic sites providing information about Indigenous & later European lifeways in this region. You will also have plenty of free time to explore historic downtown Bluff, relax at the Lodge, or wander down to the San Juan River.
Focus on the Moment – Explore the past
You are here to experience the ancient past! Come ready to immerse yourself within the breathtaking scenery, and let us worry about the details. Your CFI guides are responsible for cooking hearty meals throughout the weekend, driving the rugged roads to our hidden destinations, and providing any necessary first aid and safety gear. Sites vary each year with guest experts; all sites involve hiking 1-4 miles round trip to access.
Based in Bluff, UT
October 18, 2022 through October 21, 2022
4 days and 3 nights
Minimum: 6, Maximum: 8
$1600, $1520 Member Price; plus $10 BLM Special Area fee
- This trip includes three nights in a hotel, paired with another trip participant. Reach out to CFI to be paired with a specific participant. You may request a single room occupancy for an additional $210.
- Monticello BLM Cedar Mesa Special Area Fee $10
- A $300 deposit is required to reserve your spot which applies to the total trip cost.
- Fee includes a $50 donation to youth programs.
All participants on our adult seminars and on our private trips are required to be fully vaccinated.
"The entire experience was mind, heart and soul opening. It was a terrific group of people and group cohesion isn't always easy but I felt we really gelled as a group. I learned so much and, looking so far back into humanity, I felt a little less anxious about our fate as humans – not that I won’t continue on with all my own engagements to make the world a better, safer and life sustaining place! Thank you again, you do great work.”
– Anne, Berkeley, CA