A Beautiful, Secluded Setting...for a nature retreat
...only minutes from the Colorado River and majestic Fisher Towers, and 20 miles from Moab and Arches National Park. Our camp is located only 1.5 miles from Hwy. 128. Our Professor Valley Field Camp is located on Bureau of Land Management Land under lease for outdoor education purposes. This area is highly scenic and often-filmed for movies. Our rustic camp is ideal for your school, youth or workshop groups who wish to have a quiet retreat, learn with a CFI Naturalist about desert plants, animals, geology and public lands management yet have time for your own curriculum as well. Two furnished, weatherproof yurts serve as meeting space/classroom and a cook house. Tipis with cots are available for sleeping.
You'll savor deep silence, awesome views, and, far away from city lights, an unbelievable starry night sky!
INCLUDED: CFI staff provide meals, site management and naturalist orientation to the area, evening program and short guided nature hike. Beyond that you have time to work with your own students or explore on your own near the camp. Group participants help out in small groups with a camp service project and meal prep/cleanup.
You can ADD field trips led by CFI staff for additional fees such as a FULL day river trip, hike, hikes on nearby canyons or tour of the National Parks (see either SCHOOL section or ADULT DAY TOUR section of our web page for rates on these additional services; some adjustment to day tour fees would be made for meals/snacks already included in camp fee.)
FACILITY: Our site can accommodate groups up to 40 plus our CFI staff.
Amenities include solar-powered electricity, culinary water delivered from town, limited rustic hot showers, vault toilets, campfire area with seating.
We provide roomy Lakota-style Earthworks tipis with cots for sleeping. Participants bring own sleeping bags, pads, pillows and ground cloths as well towels and toiletries. Rental kits are available.
We provide healthy, balanced meals, snacks, water, lemonade, coffee, tea with menus that accommodate meat and not-meat eaters alike. For additional dietary concerns, you may bring supplemental foods (storage provided in cook yurt; no adjustment to fees.)
Our solar-powered electric system can handle light loads such as a slide projector or computer. Tape decks, CD players are fine for your workshop purposes but otherwise we request you enjoy the sounds and silence of the natural world as much as possible! Quiet hours are between 10 PM and 7 AM in respect for the neighboring ranch. The yurts are cooled in warmer months by low voltage portable swamp coolers. There is a wood stove in the classroom yurt for cooler weeks.
There is no telephone at the camp and cell coverage is unreliable so you'll enjoy being "unplugged", savoring nature’s pace and gifts while staying with us. The nearest available telephone is at Sorrel River Ranch.
There are large dining "shades" that cover large picnic tables. The classroom can seat approximately 24 people at tables for severe weather. Otherwise, there are chairs or the campfire circle for "lecture style" for 40. Keep in mind this is "camping"; there is limited outside lighting; bring flashlights and headlamps.
Please note that due to the intent of our educational lease with BLM, we don't rent for "reunions" or wedding or other private interest groups.
1) Two night night retreat (2 night is minimum)
Group Size: 10-14 - $215/person
Group Size: 15-19 - $190/person
Group Size: 20-40 - $175/person
2) Three night retreat
Group Size: 10-14 - $285/person
Group Size: 15-19 - $260/person
Group Size: 20-40 - $255/person
See below for deposit and group representative fees.
CALENDAR: Available weekends in Spring and Fall (approximately April 15 through June 5 and August 15 through October 25) FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS.
We give priority for our regular full week outdoor school programs on weekdays. For Please contact us after February 1 for spring season or June 1 for fall season; if we have not booked the regular school programs during the weekdays we may be able to accommodate your dates for a shorter retreat style program.
HOURS: Your retreat starts at 4:00 PM on the first day and ends after lunch on the last day (we can send you out for your day's activity with hearty sack lunches or have buffet style lunches in camp).
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE is 40 persons from your group. See below for rates.
GROUP COORDINATOR: FREE with minimum met.
Non Refundable Deposit: Fees for 5 people
(For additional services please call to discuss the entire "package"; deposit will be based on total services provided. We can also discuss alternate deposit/payment arrangements for reservations made over 1 year in advance.)
GUIDELINES: Participants asked to help with light kitchen prep and clean up on a rotational schedule and a short camp or BLM land service project to "give something back" to these lands that host us.
Please no pets in camp and we request that the main camp area be kept smoke-free (smokers can use the parking lot.)
1. Contact CFI for availability for weekends April 15 through mid June and mid August through October 25.
2. If the dates you request are available, we will send a retreat agreement including registration/risk forms, an information sheet and map to the camp. A non-refundable deposit equal to 5 person's fees is required to secure your preferred date. We request final numbers 30 days prior to assist with supply ordering. You will be invoiced for the balance 30 days prior to your program date with final payment due 14 days prior. Our insurance requires individual signed assumption of risk/registration forms from all members in your group.
3. Cancellations: Please notify us in writing or email. If you cancel prior to 30 days, the deposit is retained but any additional fees paid will be refunded.
Cancellations less than 14 days of your stay will result in loss of all fees paid.