La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

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

Explore the La Sal Mountains!

Explorer Base Camp provides an exciting opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades (upcoming fall) to experience an outdoor learning adventure with other youth their age. The camp is an eco-adventure where your child will experience a variety of engaging outdoor activities, disconnection from technology, and learning about how they fit within mountain ecology through our fun and educational curriculum.

The Group Site at Warner Lake Campground in the La Sal National Forest will be our base camp for the week. There is a maximum of twenty campers in each session, with hikes and activities broken up into smaller groups to allow for more hands-on learning and hopefully some wildlife sightings! Explorer Base Camp includes nature games, hiking, fishing, stories, art, and many fun educational activities. Hands-on science activities take a look at stream life, animals, the geology of rocks and fossils, Native American history, and pioneer tales.

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CFI Staff and Safety

Canyonlands Field Institute is permitted and licensed to operate by federal and state agencies. CFI staff have been trained in natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau, and have earned Utah guide licenses. Additionally, instructors are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Two CFI Naturalist Guides, 21 or older, plus one teen Guide-in-Training will be with the group the entire time; all have educator clearances.

Drop Off and Pick Up

First Day

Your children will begin their adventure at our office in Moab at 1:30 P.M. – we are not providing lunch the first day – where they will say goodbye and start packing their stuff into our vans.

Last Day

Excited to tell you about their week, your children will be ready to be picked up at our office at 1:30 P.M. Please don’t arrive too early as we will be wrapping up as a group and saying goodbye to all of our new friends.

Important Note

CFI requires written permission from a parent if the youth will be walking, biking, or driving or getting a ride from someone other than the participant’s parent or guardian after the trip. Please bring a photo ID, which you will be asked to present upon pickup.


We offer additional CFI Scholarships that can be emailed to us or dropped off at our office.


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

  • Where: Warner Lake Campground, La Sal Mountains
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 12 and Maximum 20
  • Age Group: Entering 5th through 8th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cost per Person: $325 per youth ($225 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Notes:
    • Read our Cancellation Policy
    • Additional scholarship assistance is available for qualifying families, please fill out the form linked below