National Parks Bus Tour Step On Naturalists

Personable interpreters can narrate your group's bus tour of National Parks

CFI has knowledgeable National Park Bus Tour Guides that will "step on" your bus for short national park bus tours through Arches or Canyonlands Parks. Our local, personable, and enthusiastic naturalist guide will join your bus for a special, informative tour.

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  • Where: Arches or Canyonlands National Park
  • What months available: April through October, call to arrange.
  • Our morning rock art tours include stops at panels like this one

    Moab’s Ancient Past: Dinosaur Tracks and Native Rock Art Tour

    Visit and learn about petroglyph and paleontology sites on your own private tour.

    The Moab area is incredibly rich with both human and natural history. This van-based tour explores Moab’s ancient archeological and sites as well as our, significantly more ancient, dinosaur fossils and tracks. This is not your typical Moab tourist experience! A CFI Naturalist-Guide leads this informative and fun adventure that features stops at various examples of Ancient American rock art and explorations of paleontological tracks and fossils. Along the way, your guide can also share information about the local flora and fauna, geology, and recent history of the Moab area.

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  • What months available: April through October
  • Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480, can include up to six people, Larger groups inquire about group rate
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

    Enjoy the beauty of Arches while gaining a deeper understanding of place on your own private tour.

    Arches National Park is one of the most iconic spaces in the Desert Southwest. On this bucket-list tour, witness desert wildlife surrounded by legendary sandstone features like Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock. During this Naturalist-led experience, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the National Park, while learning about the diverse natural and human history of the area. This is a van-based, private experience with many opportunities for small side hiking that can be adjusted to your group’s interest or physical ability.

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  • Where: Arches National Park
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: Call or inquire below for availability
  • Time: Two options available; Half-day, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Full-day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: Half Day: $480/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Cost per Person: Full Day: $800/group, can include up to six people - Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp

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

    Our popular Explorers Base Camp is an exciting summer opportunity for kids entering 5th through 8th grades who want to be active, have fun and learn about our amazing backyard La Sal Mountains.

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  • 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
  • Cost per Person: $325 per youth ($225 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Destination: Moab Daily of the Colorado River

    Our Naturalist Guides are knowledgeable, capable and great with kids!

    Treat your group to a private guided whitewater trip down the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River! Experience incredible views of the Fisher Towers, Cathedral Mesa, and Castle Valley while floating through class I – III whitewater. This one-day boat trip is the perfect addition to your Moab experience. This private rafting trip includes everything your group needs for a day out on the river. Experience CFI’s unique combination of Education and Adventure.

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  • Where: Moab "Daily" stretch of the Colorado River
  • What months available: April through late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Day
  • Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Group Size: Maximum group size is 40. If you have a larger group, we can run two simultaneous trips
  • Age Group: Adults and children four years old and older
  • Cost per Person: Daily rates per group: 1-6 people: $800/group; for 7-10 people, $1200/group; for 11-20 people, $1700/group; for groups 21 and above add $100 per person above the $1700 group rate for 20. Max 40
  • Deposit: $200/trip deposit (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 30 days prior.
  • Deadline for Signup: One week prior notice for private trip
  • Custom Colorado River Trips – Ruby / Horsethief

    Custom Colorado River Trips - Ruby / Horsethief - Departs from Loma, Colorado, and travels through dramatic red sandstone towers. Float the mild waters of Horsethief and Ruby Canyons, if your children are 12 years and older you can extend your trip through the exciting Class IV rapids of Westwater Canyon! Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history, and animal life from our naturalist-guides. Special nature art and games are planned for the kids. Our small group size, involvement of all in river camp life, and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill of our licensed naturalist-guides assure an unforgettable experience. We have lots of options on dates for this stretch.

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  • Where: Starts with motel stay and trip orientation. Colorado River, Loma to either Cisco or Westwater depending on age of participants, water levels and trip length desired.
  • What months available: Mid-May through Late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 nights/3 days or 4 nights/4 days includes first night motel stay and orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 paying participants and maximum 25 people
  • Age Group: Loma to Westwater Ranger Station for Adults and Youth 6 and over; Loma to Cisco (Includes Westwater Canyon) for Adults and youth with parent 12 and older
  • Cost per Person: $730.00/person - for 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - for 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 Loma-WWRS or $20 Loma-Cisco (includes Westwater Canyon) - BLM Special Area Fees/per person
  • Cost per Person: Once the 6 minimum is met, your group leaders receives 50% discount; additional beyond the 7th are full fee. -
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

    Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips on the Colorado River: exciting Class III-IV rapids are bound to thrill even the veteran river runner. Westwater is one of the premiere whitewater stretches in the west. Create a custom overnight Westwater Canyon trip for your group with CFI - we do "more" than just rapids... come learn, hike to Indian Rock art, historic caves and cabins, and learn about the incredible geology of this canyon!

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Book your trip from late April through mid-October except for late May through June high water
  • Number of Days/Nights: One night and two days
  • Group Size: 6 persons minimum/25 persons maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $445 - Adults
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area River Fee
  • Cost per Person: 6 persons minimum; one group leader 50% discount once 6 minimum met except Special Area Fee still applies to group leader
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Private Upper San Juan River Trips

    A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art

    Private Upper San Juan River trips are for adults and kids 6 and over. This popular 26-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art, and dwellings. We’ll find mild rapids and wonderful scenic floats along ever-changing dramatic canyon walls. This is a great family trip and a gentle interaction with the outdoors. In summer and early fall months, we can add inflatable kayaks affectionately called "duckies."

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  • Where: Begins and ends in Bluff, UT the night before the launch, with trip from Sand Island launch to Mexican Hat takeout.
  • What months available: Best months are mid April through early July and late August through late October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends three night or four night trips on this stretch, the first night is a lodge stay in Bluff and orientation.
  • Group Size: 6  person minimum (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: $730/person - 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants and vary by trip length. One group leader 50% discount except for Special Area Fee once 6 minimum met (adult or youth fees.)
  • Deposit: $300 person applies to total due.
  • Private Lower San Juan River Trips

    Custom Lower San Juan River Trips are for adults and kids 6 years old and above. The popular 56-mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water including the world-famous Goosenecks section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.

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  • Where: Start and end in Bluff, UT; Float the San Juan River, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills,
  • What months available: April through October with spring and fall months ideal.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends 5 nights for this stretch which includes first night lodge stay and orientation. Call to discuss typical water levels for the dates of interest.
  • Time: Extend your trip by adding the upper San Juan - call to discuss.
  • Group Size: 6 minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 6 years old and up; must be 6 at least in month of trip
  • Cost per Person: $1000. - per person
  • Cost per Person: -
  • Cost per Person: $20 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Cost per Person: 6 persons minimum; one group leader 50% discount except for Special Area Fee once 6 minimum met (adult or youth fees.)
  • Destination: Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the serene waters of the lovely and remote wilderness of Labyrinth Canyon. This stretch runs from the town of Green River adjacent to Canyonlands National Park and ends at Mineral Bottom. This section has been featured in many adventure travel magazines as a must-do for both seasoned or beginner paddlers in canyon country.

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  • Where: From Green River State Park (6 night, 6 day) or Ruby Ranch (5 day) to Mineral Bottom
  • What months available: Best months are late April through May and September and October (summer months see lots of mosquitos and we would recommend rafting a different river. )
  • Number of Days/Nights: Five nights or six nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 25
  • Age Group: Adults and children 12+ (children 6+ can be accommodated if we take rafts)
  • Cost per Person: $1350/person - For 6 night
  • Cost per Person: $1150/person - For 5 night
  • Deposit: $300/person (Non refundable; will apply to final total due)
  • Where: Canyonlands National Park
  • What months available: April through October
  • Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $800/group, can include up to six people. Larger groups inquire about special rates
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.
  • School River Trip: Westwater Canyon One Night

    For Grade 9 and up - a classic and exciting whitewater experience through geologically and historically rich Westwater Canyon!

    School River Trip: Westwater Canyon Overnight explores wonderful Westwater, a Wilderness Study Area, with CFI Naturalist-Guides. Experience the one of the west's premier whitewater stretches with 6 miles of exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids! April and early May or mid July through mid October (we dont run the usual higher water flows seen in late May through early July.)

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  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Mid-March through mid-October
  • Number of Days/Nights: One Night
  • Age Group: Grade nine and up
  • Cost per Person: $330 + $10 BLM Special Area Fee
  • Deposit: 5 student fees, non refundable. Applies to final total balance due.