Coyote Camp – Private Group Weekend

All inclusive yurt camping for your family or group

Treat your group to a unique Moab vacation experience.

Professor Valley is the perfect getaway for groups who are looking to experience solitude, connection, and an immersive desert experience. This is not your standard Moab camping experience: PVFC is a one-of-a-kind location near Moab offering uninterrupted Mesa and mountain views mostly surrounded by open, unoccupied BLM land. The private natural habitat of Professor Valley is the perfect complement to an exciting Moab adventure! It serves as the ideal basecamp to explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as state parks, BLM trails, the La Sal Mountains, and the countless other Moab locations.

This is an all-inclusive weekend! Your adventure guide will cook hearty dinners, hot breakfasts, and provide a packable lunch for the day’s adventure. You are also able to take advantage of a customizable free naturalist program, from guided star gazing to expert-led hikes. Both adult group and family versions of this program are available with customizable experiences for each.  

The site is located within view of the Fisher Towers, La Sal Mountains, and the Iconic Parriott and Cathedral Mesas. Thanks to the luxurious yurt, tipis, and other amenities, Coyote’s Camp is great for first time campers as well as seasoned outdoorspeople. With large shady cottonwoods, a perennial stream running through the property, and quality time with your family or friends, you will never want to leave.  

Your adventure is waiting for you here in Moab, we are just here to help you find it.  

Complete Privacy

The camp is on a 40-acre piece of property almost entirely surrounded by open BLM land. This unique piece of land will be yours to enjoy with the sounds of the highway, town, and machines nothing but a distant memory. Relax undisturbed in the shade by the creek, enjoy the campfire, and operate on your own schedule. 

Private Guided Trip

Each stay comes with a naturalist guide to cook meals, provide complementary guided programming, and offer insight on the property’s unique archeology and ecology.  CFI guides are experienced teachers of all age groups, and will provide a fun, interactive experience for any group/family.  

Family Friendly Camping

Your Adventure guide is a teacher at heart. They are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the local flora and fauna, geology, or history.   

Professor Valley Field Camp
Friday to Sunday only. Call 435 259-7750 for availability
3 days and 2 nights
Group Size:
Minimum: 4, Maximum: 10
Age Range:
All ages
$495 per person
Furnished yurt, tipis with cots, flush toilets, electricity

This is how we rate the challenges you might face on a CFI trip.

Level 1 - Easy

  • Low level of physical activity, minimal movement required
  • 0 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking or walking 0-2 miles per day

Level 2 - Moderate

  • Medium level of physical activity, some movement required
  • 1-4 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 4 miles per day
  • Flatwater or mild whitewater rapids

Level 3 - Active

  • Medium or high level of physical activity
  • 1-5 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 5 miles per day
  • Class I - III whitewater rapids

Level 4 - Challenging

  • High level of physical activity
  • 1-6 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking 5 or more miles per day
  • Class IV whitewater rapids
CFI's Essential Eligibility Criteria outlines specific challenges that you may face on CFI trips. Please consult the EEC for information on responsibilities of participants.
  • Trip price includes food, lodging, naturalist led activities, and other amenities listed below.

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Trip Narrative

Coyote Camp is a unique weekend experience that combines relaxing time spent in nature, group bonding, and education. The program takes place at Canyonlands Field Institute’s Professor Valley Field Camp, a serene location around 45 minutes away from Moab.

The relaxation begins with your Friday afternoon arrival. You will meet your adventure guide, tour the camp, and have some time to settle in to your yurt. While your guide is preparing dinner, feel free to explore the acres of space, cool off by the creek, or grab one of our watercolor sets and set off in search of the perfect vista. After dinner, your guide will lead your choice of evening program. Opt to learn about nighttime ecology or the night sky.

On Saturday, wake up to coffee and breakfast on your yurt porch as you watch the canyons grow brighter. After packing up your trail lunch, your adventure guide will lead you in your choice of a classic Moab experience. No need for any advance planning, we will provide whatever gear is necessary for your adventure. We will return to camp for another relaxing afternoon in time for appetizers and cold drinks.

On Sunday, we will serve another hot breakfast, say our goodbyes, and pack up the yurt and tipis. The check-out time for Coyote Camp is 11:00am.

What's Included

Home away from home:

  • Lodging from Friday to Sunday 
  • A spacious yurt decked out with ambient lighting, climate control, and a comfortable queen size bed and linens. (Additional cots and bedding available) 
  • Two Tipis with sleeping setups that can accommodate up to 8 people total. 
  • Hot dinners and breakfasts, cooked by your adventure guide. 
  • An easily packable trail lunch for your day’s adventure 

Your choice of a full day's adventure in Moab:

  • Mary Jane Slot Canyon Hike 
  • Fisher Towers Hike 
  • Professor Valley Archaeological Hike
  • Colorado Daily Rafting Trip – Additional $50 per person 
  • Guided Arches or CNP day tour: Additional $50 per person 

Your choice of a naturalist-led evening program:

  • Star Story and Constellation Exploration 
  • Night Ecology Hike 
  • Phases of the Moon 

Logistics and Facilities

The Timing: 

  • Check in: 3:30pm, Friday 
  • Check out: 11:00am, Sunday 

The Space

  • Climate controlled yurt with queen size bed, Tipis with nice cots for up to 8.
  • Cell service is semi available and limited with certain carriers (no 4G) 
  • Flushing toilets 
  • Electrical outlets available

Need to Know

  • CFI staff are trained educators and guides with first aid and CPR certifications. Back-country trips carry satellite communications devices.  
  • All cook and dishware, meals, snacks, and river gear are provided by CFI.   
  • This experience is BYOB


Some people say food is the most important part of the adventure. On all our overnight trips, CFI will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a morning and afternoon snack, and an appetizer before dinner. If you have a dietary restriction or food allergy, note it on your medical form so we can best prepare.

Depends on the trip. As a general rule, CFI provides all group gear related to fully outfitting your trip. Specialized gear like PFDs, wetsuits, dry bags, educational materials are all provided by CFI. Additionally, we take care of all kitchen and dishware needs. 

Find out more about trip specific packing.

Most importantly, a willingness to slow down, connect to your surroundings, and experience the moment. Additionally, participants are required to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal clothing, medication, and other essential personal items. Many gear items are available for rent. Reach out to us if you are interested in seeing a trip specific packing list, or learn more about trip specific packing here.

CFI provides options to rent gear:

  • Two person tent: $30 / trip
  • Sleeping bag: $20 / trip
  • Kid sleeping pad: $7 / trip
  • Adult sleeping pad (paco pad): $15 / trip
  • Package deal: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and one tent per two people: $40 / trip

For any CFI summer camp, gear rentals are free!

Every CFI guide has either a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification. Your trip leader will have a Wilderness First Responder certification. Anyone working with youth has passed a background check, and shuttle drivers are insured with clean driving records. Backcountry trips carry In-Reach satellite communication devices for emergencies. All guides have been evaluated by Canyonlands Field Institute as possessing the judgement, skills, and disposition required for mitigating risk in the field. 

As technology grows more and more invasive by the day, CFI promotes connection to what matters. To achieve this, all school and youth programs are unplugged and students are not permitted to bring electronic devices. Not only is there rarely cell service, devices are a distraction to our ability to connect to the present moment. On Private Group Trips or Adult Seminars, the use of devices is permitted but discouraged.

CFI works hard to ensure a positive experience for all guides and participants. Because of the unpredictable nature of outfitting, we have created a series of policies so maintain our ability to manage risk in the outdoors.

For critical information regarding cancellations, deposits, and other participant responsibilities, please view our trip policies page or contact us with any questions.