La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

An exciting summer opportunity for kids entering the 5th through 8th grades!

Escape the summer heat in the La Sal mountains to explore, learn, create, and camp.

Explorer Base Camp is an overnight experience for rising 5th through 8th graders. The Base Camp is located in the group site in Warner Lake campground up in the Manti La Sal National forest. Campers will be able to beat the summer heat by spending their days hiking, fishing, and learning camp crafts and skills in an unplugged environment. Your child will develop a closer relationship with nature through fun and engaging activities that promote sense of place, relationship building, and a desire to explore.

There is a maximum of 12 campers to allow for more hands-on exploration. The week includes nature games, hiking, fishing, stories, art, constellation stories, camp crafts. CFI activities are designed to promote your child’s growth in: self management, teamwork, outdoor skills, and confidence.

Safety and Gear:

  • CFI staff are trained educators and guides with first aid and CPR certifications.
  • All cook and dishware, meals, and snacks, are provided by CFI.
  • Tents are provided and sleep kits (sleeping bag, sleeping pad) can be borrowed at no additional cost.
  • When picking up your child at the end of the week, you will be asked to present a photo ID. 

Also have a younger child? Check out Adventure Day Camp


Canyonlands Field Institute raises funds through the contributions of generous supporters (listed below) to ensure that all children are able to join our programs. Please fill out our Scholarship Form first. After filling out the form please call 435-259-7750 or email and we will reserve your spot on the program.


This institution is operated under special use permit with the Manti La Sal National Forest

  • Where: Warner Lake Campground, La Sal Mountains
  • When: August 02, 2021 through August 06, 2021
  • Number of Days/Nights: Monday through Friday
  • Time: Monday at 1:30pm to Friday at 1:30pm
  • Group Size: Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cost per Person: $325 per youth ($225 for Grand County youth)
  • Notes:
    • Camp starts and ends at CFI Headquarters: 1320 South Hwy 191, Moab Utah.
    • Drop off is at 1:30pm on Monday, August 2nd
    • Pick up is at 1:30pm on Friday, August 6th