Women, Wisened by Nature

Reflection and Adventure on this Women Only Trip!

There is a reason that this is one of our most popular trips. Explore, play, and learn while connecting to this beautiful environment. Invite an influential or special mentor or family along for this desert experience. We won’t totally be roughing it: the trip includes a riverside hotel stay at Red Cliffs Lodge, hearty meals, whitewater excursions down the Colorado River, visits to nearby archeological sites, and CFI naturalist education.

Adventure and Reflection

Nights will be spent enjoying the Lodge atmosphere, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Colorado River. Days will be spent reflecting, connecting, and sharing experiences with the other women on the trip. We will paddle the Moab Daily stretch of the Colorado River. Try your hand at navigating the mild whitewater in an inflatable kayak, or stick to a guided oar boat experience. We will also dedicate time for reflection, reading, and art.

Comfortable Accommodations

Your stay at Red Cliffs Lodge is included with your program fee. The Lodge is located on the banks of the Colorado River and features a working horse ranch, a winery, and a Western Movie history museum. With views of the iconic mesas and towers, this is a true Moab experience.

Based in Red Cliffs Lodge, near Moab UT
August 16, 2021 through August 19, 2021
Group Size:
Minimum of 6, maximum of 12
$1500/person. Members: $1425/person
Red Cliffs Lodge, double occupancy.

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

Level 1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Lodging is double occupancy. A single suite can be reserved for an additional $210.

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Trip Narrative

CFI women’s trips provide a time and place for deepening connections to nature while trying out new skills. You will have the opportunity to relax and play outdoors!

This year, we are embracing Mother Earth by slowing down to connect. Our entire trip will be based out of Red Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the Colorado River. New to rivers or outdoor exploration? Don’t worry, we will start the trip with an orientation on the first evening where we will outline the trip’s adventures!

This popular trip combines the best of two worlds: adventure and relaxation. Our days will be spent exploring the Colorado River, navigating mild to medium rapids, and hiking to archeological resources. After each active day, we will unwind at the Lodge and share readings from Ellen Meloy, Ann Zwinger, Terry Tempest Williams, and other women who write creatively and passionately about canyon country. These evocative storytellers pair nicely with both red rocks and red wine!

Red Cliffs Lodge is the perfect spot to unwind after exploring the desert! Relax by the pool with newfound friends or grab one of our sets of watercolors and explore the working horse ranch, Western Movies Museum, or Castle Creek Winery. Your room rental opens up to the great outdoors, so you can ditch the white noise machines and can rest easy to the sounds of the Colorado River.

On the river, opt to paddle an inflatable kayak or stick to a guided oar raft. We will see dramatic geologic formations and have a good chance to sight wildlife such as Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Otters, Great Blue Herons and maybe Bald or Golden Eagles. The weather is typically dry, 90-100 degrees during the day,  though we could have short storms at this change of season time. The river is still a comfortable temperature.

This trip is open enrollment for all adult women. Teens aged 12 and older are also welcome with an accompanying adult. This unique mix of adventure, bonding, and relaxation is perfect to share with grandmothers, daughters, mothers, mentors, or any other female role model.

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. 


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.

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