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Upcoming Events

Tue Mar 01, 2011 @ 7:00AM - 07:00PM
Wilderness First Responder RECERT course
Sat Mar 05, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) to WFR Bridge course
Fri Apr 01, 2011 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
River Skills
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

Custom River Trips

Green River Canoe Trip PDF Print E-mail
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For moderately active adults - singles or with a partner, experienced or novices welcome

A fantastic May or June flatwater wilderness paddle, suitable for failies through incredible Labyrinth Canyon.

Adult or youth, 12 years or up.

From Green River, 1 night motel and 5 nights, 6 days river

From Ruby Ranch, 1 night motel and 4 nights, 5 days river

$185/night adult and $130 night/under 18

8 person minimum; 16 maximum; organizer receives 1 free spot once minimum is met.

Rafting the Dolores River PDF Print E-mail
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A Beautiful and Exciting Trip a steep narrow red rock canyon lush with pine and fir trees; challenging, rocky rapids

One of the most remarkable river trips in the West. The Dolores River with headwaters in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado, flows for over two hundred river miles before it joins the Colorado River near Dewey Bridge above Moab, UT. In 1776, a Franciscan, Silvestre Velez de Escalante christened the river "Rio de Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores" - River of Our Lady of Sorrows.

The Lower San Juan River Canyon PDF Print E-mail
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An Outdoor Adventure for Adults

San Juan River, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, UT

This popular 56 mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water. First night orientation at 7.p.m. and overnight stay at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, UT followed by our river trip in the world-famous Goosenecks section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.

San Juan River Family Rafting, Utah PDF Print E-mail
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Explore the San Juan River with Your Family River Rafting, Kayaking, Camping & Hiking From Bluff to Mexican Hat, Utah

A fun outdoor learning adventure for your family. This popular 26 mile stretch is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art and dwellings. Mild rapids and wonderful scenic floats along ever changing dramatic canyon walls. Nature games for kids, history, geology topics for adults. First night orientation at motel in Bluff, UT followed by camping under the stars next 2 nights. Pleasant, warm dry temperatures. Boating gear provided including inflatable kayaks "duckies". Bring tent and sleeping gear; rentals available. Delicious healthy meals, fresh foods. FOR ACTIVE FAMILIES, kids 6 years and older. Begins and ends in Bluff by 5 PM the last day.

Raft Trips PDF Print E-mail
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Colorado, Dolores or, San Juan Upper or Lower

These or any other ED Venture trips can be customized for your group and schedule.

$185/night/adult $130/night under 18

8 person minimum (youth or adult)

Organizer receives 1 free spot once min is met

Family Rafting on the Colorado River, Utah PDF Print E-mail
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An Outdoor Adventure for Families

Dramatic Red Sandstone towers rise above you as we float this dramatic river canyon. Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history and animal life from our instructor/guides. After a day of fresh air, sun and a splashing good time, you'll enjoy our delicious dutch oven cuisine and have time to explore, read and socialize. 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.

Multi-Day River Trips PDF Print E-mail
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Prices apply to two night trips and longer

Requires 60 day notice to schedule

Includes 1st night lodging & orientation through lunch last day, all outfitting, return transportation and government use fees.

$130/under 18/night
(6 person minimum, youth or adult; maximum usually 25 but inquire as to stretch; organizer received 1 free spot once minimum is met.)

Dolores River Rafting: A Rare Opportunity to see this beautiful place. PDF Print E-mail
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Two trips offered this Spring:

May 26 - 28, 2010: Bradfield to Slickrock

$450/adults, $350/youth 12-17. Deposit $125.

Join CFI for a two night rafting Ed-Venture on the Bradfield to Slickrock section of the Dolores River. This trip meets and ends in Dove Creek, Colorado. Raft through the scenic 'Ponderosa Gorge' with red rocks and pine forests. Class I-IV whitewater includes the famous Snaggletooth Rapid. Small group size, hiking, and natural and cultural highlights. Adults and youth over 12 welcome. Dependant on snowpack/dam release. We will offer a Colorado River River trip as an alternative trip if necessary with same prices/dates.

June 2 - 5, 2010: Slickrock to Bedrock

$550/adults, $450/youth 6-17

Family Explorers Rafting on the Dolores River, 3 night/ 4 day trip from Slickrock to Bedrock. Bring the family with you on this trip on a calmer section of the river with class I-III rapids, deep meanders, sandstone canyons and Native American history. Small group size, hiking, great meals and more. Adults and youth over 6 welcome. Dependant of snowpack/dam release. We will offer an alternative trip on the San Juan River if necessary with same prices and dates.
River Rafting Westwater Canyon PDF Print E-mail
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Naturalist Family Westwater Canyon Overnight Trip on the Colorado River - Rafting

For adults and kids 12 years and older

The August 27-28, 2009 trip features a SPECIAL "En Plein Air: Painting Westwater Canyon" with landscape artist, Chad Niehaus and CFI Founding Director, Karla VanderZanden. Includes "seeing" with new eyes, pastels and watercolor instruction.

$330person or $297 if CFI member, Deposit $125; Youth 12-17 $260/per or $234.00 member Deposit $125

Explore this wonderful canyon, a Wilderness Study area, with CFI Naturalist-Guides; small group, side canyon hike, behind the scenes stories, history, geology and exciting whitewater too! Meet 10am day 1 return by 6pm day 2.

Custom Outdoor Rafting & Hiking Trips & Tours PDF Print E-mail
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We have years of experience that can make your time together truly memorable!

Set up a private "Eco" trip for your adult or family group. (FOR SCHOOLS, please see our SCHOOLS SECTION of our web page.)

For a special multi-day river, lodge based or hiking with packstock trip for your group: See listing below.

For a private one day river trip for your group: Colorado River Rafting on the "Moab Daily"

Whether your board of trustees or corporate team is looking for retreat, physicality and inspiration; your family desires some quality time together; or you're seeking new knowledge while floating a beautiful river; we can make your trip or gathering taylored to fit your interests and dates (some start dates and group sizes limited by permits.)

Educational Adventures on the Colorado Plateau since 1984

Gather your friends, relatives or cohorts and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 800.860.5262 / 435.259.7750 us for details and arrangements.


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Canyonlands Field Institute,
1320 South Highway 191,
PO Box 68,
Moab Ut 84532
Tel: 435.259.7750 • Toll free: 800.860.5262 • Fax: 435.259.2335

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