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Upcoming Events

Fri Apr 08, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Westwater Whitewater River Rescue
Fri Apr 22, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Family Explorers Weekend at Professor Valley Field Camp
Fri May 27, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Family Explorers Weekend at Professor Valley Field Camp
Sat Jun 11, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Range Creek Archeology
Sat Jul 09, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Range Creek Archeology
Sat Aug 20, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Range Creek Archeology
Fri Sep 02, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Family Explorers Weekend at Professor Valley Field Camp
Sat Sep 17, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Range Creek Archeology
Tue Sep 20, 2011 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Women Wild by Nature River Trip

For all courses, tours and trips in 2011; returning participants receive 5% off.

Women: Wild by Nature River Trip & Retreat PDF Print E-mail
Adult and Family Tours - Adult & Family River Trips

womentripUpper San Juan River start & return to Bluff, Utah

September 20 (eve) - 24, 2011 - Ages 16 and up
**Women Only**

Join CFI's Director Karla VanderZanden on this special annual event. After a 1 night orientation stay at Recapture Lodge, Bluff, enjoy a 3 night adventure on the San Juan River exploring ruins, rock art and beautiful landscapes. Class I-II rapids make for a fun trip with plenty of time for relaxation.


Mix together a gorgeous river canyon, a half day of white water and the warmth and companionship of other women willing to take a little risk...

Read what trip participants say about this memorable adventure.

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!

Women of all ages and backgrounds enjoy this trip; youth 16 and older are welcome too... it can be a memorable time with mom, grandmother or that special "aunt" or mentor. Our group will be congenial and small, limited to 12, plus guides. We often have a nice mix of loyal returnees and first timers.

Short sessions and hikes offer natural and cultural history, river stories, and time for nature walks and journaling. We share readings from Ellen Meloy, Ann Zwinger, Terry Tempest Williams and others who write creatively and passionately about the canyon country.

Join us in optional morning stretching and greeting the day. We will consider "reciprocity"—ways of giving back to Mother Earth and restoring beauty and balance in our everyday lives.

You may choose to delve into our trip library and read, or just relax too!

Our trip is led CFI Cofounder and Director, Karla VanderZanden who has 35 years experience as outdoor leader, river guide and naturalist. Prior to starting CFI in 1984, she worked at Westwater as a River Ranger and in Colorado and Oregon as an outdoor educator.

We provide all boating gear including row rafts that are 14-18ft. long and a few, very stable, inflatable kayaks ("Duckies") for those who would like a bit more adventure and a chance to use river reading and basic kayaking skills.

Ours is a "participatory" journey; you'll take a turn in the kitchen, learn to bake in a dutch over, help with boat care and camp routines but still have time to relax and explore on your own.

We serve healthy meals, featuring many locally grown foods and dutch oven cookery; participants are asked to help with light camp chores. There is a portable toilet set up in camps.

First Timers Welcome, a perfect introduction to river life that will be a gentle interaction with the outdoors. Time will be set aside for those who need to learn camping basics—how to pitch a tent, attend to sanitary needs, etc.

You do need to be reasonably physically fit and be able to carry your own river bag (sleeping bag and clothing for the trip) to and from the boat to your camp each day.Paddling would be 3-4 hours day with rest breaks and stops on shore.

After a demonstration, you are expected to set up and take down your tent and help with group packing too. Hikes are optional and usually 1-2 miles round trip. Call or email us if you are not sure about your fitness suitability.

For 2011, we will be on the Upper San Juan River. We will be in rafts and on the upper calmer stretch, have optional use of inflatable kayaks as well.

Our trip begins with an important orientation at 7.p.m. and overnight stay in Recapture Lodge in Bluff, UT. Your lodging and breakfast the next day are included. We would camp 3 nights on the San Juan River exploring ruins, rock art and beautiful landscapes.

We take out the last day after lunch and return to the hotel (where you may leave your car) by 6 p.m. Lodging and dinner this last night is on your own.

Current Trip Dates & Fees - Call for info

Adult: $700 (age 16 and up) - CFI Members: $680
Nonrefundable Deposit: $300 per person

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Gear Rental is Available

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1320 South Highway 191,
PO Box 68,
Moab Ut 84532
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