Overview of CFI Programs

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CFI operates in partnership through permits with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, State of Utah and Navajo Nation.

Would you like to better understand canyon country –  the region known as the Colorado Plateau? Would you like to connect to canyon country and care for it, to appreciate the beauty and integrity of nature?

Helping you achieve those goals is our mission! Our naturalist guides will not only make your trip fun and the adventure of a lifetime, they will also leave you with a deeper, lasting connection to the world around you.

Our programs focus on:

  • Interdisciplinary studies in natural science, the literary arts, and the physical cultural geography of the region
  • Immersion in natural settings and provision of outdoor public service opportunities at field camps, on land and river trips, and in residential retreats
  • Dialogue about issues affecting the public, private and tribal lands of the Colorado Plateau bioregion
  • The introduction of a land ethic that includes respect, reverence, responsibility and reciprocity to the natural world.
  • Developing environmentally sound consumption practices within our business that provide financial stability while improving quality of life for staff and community.

Founded in 1984, Canyonlands Field Institute is an outdoor education center located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. We encourage people of all ages to experience wild nature directly with few of the trappings of modern life, through hiking, camping, tours and river running. Thousands of adults, families and students have participated in our outdoor programs while studying natural and cultural history, wildlands values, ethics and issues, writing, and guiding.

Digital CameraWe have field camps at breathtaking Professor Valley, 20 miles from Moab; and in the nearby La Sal Mountains. The Professor Valley camp is under lease on private land and the La Sal camp is on public lands.
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raftRiver study programs are conducted on the Colorado, Green, San Juan, and Dolores Rivers, and on the Navajo, Hopi, and Ute Indian reservations. Special workshops and symposia for adults are located at residential sites throughout the region.


Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and find the perfect itinerary for you or your group. Call us at 800-860-5262 or email us at . We’d love to talk to you.