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.

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  • Where: BLM land around the Moab area
  • What months available: April through October
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480 (Up to 6 People) As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no taxes are charged for our programs.
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Deadline for Signup: Call or inquire below for availability
  • Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park

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

    During the Naturalist Tour of Arches National Park, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Arches while learning the natural history of this landscape. Join us for this popular van tour with a CFI Naturalist-Guide and learn about the park’s history and environment through short hikes to a variety of famous arches. Includes Delicate Arch Overlook and the Windows area or other locations depending on your interest and abilities.

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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: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Age Group: Adults and children 4+
  • Cost per Person: $480 (Up to 6 People) As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no taxes are charged for our programs.
  • Deposit: Full fee, non-refundable reservation
  • Women Wild by Nature River Trip

    Women's rafting and inflatable kayak trip

    Join CFI's Founding Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only rafting trip. This exclusive trip takes place on a different river stretch each year! CFI women’s trips provide a time and place for deepening connections to the wild and trying out new skills. You will have the opportunity to be physical, relax, and play outdoors!

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  • Where: Colorado River Rafting - Horsethief, Ruby & Westwater Canyons
  • When: August 10, 2020 through August 14, 2020
  • Number of Days/Nights: Four nights, includes first evening at Springhill Marriott, downtown Grand Junction, CO
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 15
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: $1200.00 per person; $1140 CFI members. Plus BLM Special Fees $20/person
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Deadline for Signup: TRIP IS FULL; contact us to be on wait list
  • 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
  • When: July 06, 2020 through July 10, 2020
  • When: July 13, 2020 through July 17, 2020
  • 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)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable) due May 16. Families will receive a full refund in the event that one or more camp sessions are cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • One Day River Trip

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

    Raft the "Moab Daily" Section of the Colorado River on a private one-day river trip with CFI Naturalist Guides! Our Naturalist Guides really know Professor Valley/Fisher Towers geology, history, river ecology, animal lore, and more. Families are welcome (minimum of 4 years of age). Our guides are particularly great with kids since we work with many youth groups throughout the season.

    You may might also be looking for a fun and informative outing for your business or board retreat. With notice, CFI can arrange a guest expert to join your group (history, geology, Colorado River issues, etc. )

    Another reason to choose CFI? CFI, is a nonprofit, and you help to underwrite quality outdoor education school programs for area students. and there is no additional sales tax added to your fee.

    This trip will be just for you; we will pick you up at your hotel or meet at CFI headquarters south of town. Your fee includes lunch, snacks, and transportation from town.

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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
  • 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.
  • 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: $425 - 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.)
  • Private Green River Canoe Trip

    Private Green River Canoe Trips take you for a paddle down the Green River through incredible Labyrinth Canyon.

 This stretch, which runs from or near Green River to Mineral Bottom, Utah (adjacent to Canyonlands National Park) 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: CFI recommends 6 or 5 night trip with first night motel stay in Green River and trip orientation. Length also depends on water level and interest in side hikes.
  • Group Size: 6 minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 12 and older if canoes (younger kids, 6 and up can be accommodated if we take rafts.)
  • Cost per Person: $1350./person - For 6 night, 6 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $1150/person - For 5 night, 5 day trip
  • Deposit: $300 per person (non-refundable), applies to total fee
  • Private Land or Hiking Tour

    Private land-based tours with Canyonlands Field Institute will take you on your own full day outing to Arches National Park, or Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts) or in the La Sal Mountains with our Naturalist Guides. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle. Reasonably paced to learn and enjoy the sights. The actual length and physical nature of walks/hikes can be adjusted to your group's interests. Topics will cover Park/Public Lands history, geology, prehistoric cultures/rock art, and settlement history. Nature games and art are added for younger folks. Delicious lunch and snacks provided, either picnic table style or day pack style, for longer hikes, Food preferences accommodated with notice.

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  • Where: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky or Needles Districts), or La Sal Mountains (summer)
  • What months available: April through October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 1 day
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m (Arches, Island in the Sky, La Sal Mts) and 5:30 return for Needles.
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: Daily rates per group: For 1-6 people, $800/group; for 7-10 people, $1200/group; for 11-20 people, $1700/group.
  • Deposit: $200/group (Non refundable; will apply to final total due), With full balance due 14 days prior.