Join the Conservation Lands Foundation as we explore the desert bluffs, slot canyons, archaeology and cultural connections of southern Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. At the center of the last Administration's attack on America's public lands, this is a rare opportunity to meet groups on the ground, talk to grassroots advocates and get an inside look at what we're fighting to protect in this iconic national monument.
Bears Ears National Monument draws people from around the world to experience the highest density of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and rock art in the nation. This is one of the most incredible natural settings in the West with miles of spectacular canyons lined with cliffs cut across the mesa. Some dwellings are perched high on ledges and under overhangs.
This region is sacred to many Native American tribes, including the Diné (Navajo), Hopi, Ute, Pueblo, Hualapai and Apache peoples, who trace their ancestry to those who built the dwellings and created the rock art that still grace these lands. Together, we will strike out on day-long adventures with local guides who will lead us in exploring the dramatic scenery and irreplaceable cultural sites that fill the Bears Ears National Monument.
This year we are offering a unique day hike under the guidance of a local Diné nurse with expertise in traditional healing and spiritual beliefs. Slow down and experience the land as the Indigenous peoples have for thousands of years.
We will be staying at Cliff Dwellings Resort & Spa in Bluff, Utah. Bluff's newest hotel is nestled among the majesty and solitude of hundred-million-year-old sandstone cliffs, while it offers all modern amenities you need to relax after a day outside.
Trip Dates: October 22-24, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 6 PM: Welcome dinner in Durango.
Day 1: Friday, October 22
- 9:00 AM - Departure from Durango in shared vehicles
- Arrival in Bluff, Utah. Orientation at Bears Ears Education Center
- Picnic lunch at Sand Island by the San Juan River
- Afternoon hike guided by local partners
- Check in at Cliff Dwellings Resort & Spa. Time to relax by the pool.
- Dinner in Bluff
Day 2: Saturday, October 23
- 9 AM - 3:30 PM. Day-long rafting/kayak float on the San Juan River:
You’ll float 8 miles paddling your own kayak or jump in a tandem with someone you love. The river runs slow with no rapids this time of the year. Two short easy hikes will take you to one of the largest rock art panels in North America and a 1000 year old cliff dwelling. Unlike Mesa Verde and other National Parks this is a wilderness expedition and we often have these world class sites to ourselves. We’ll feed you lunch on the peaceful banks of the river and end the day with a rugged 4×4 Hummer ride back to Bluff.
- Dinner at the hotel: wood fired pizza.
Day 3: Sunday, October 24
- Departure from the hotel: 8:30 AM. "The Native Approach to Bears Ears - Healing with the Land" - a unique experience that very few outsiders get the chance to enjoy. This day hike to Butler Wash and Cave Towers is led by a local nurse, who has additional expertise in traditional Diné spiritual and healing practices passed on from her parents and grandparents. Slow down and experience the land as the Indigenous cultures have for thousands of years. Learn about plants, traditional beliefs, and sacred places directly from a member of the local Diné tribe.
- Picnic lunch.
- Brief Indigenous ceremony to show gratitude and respect for Bears Ears.
- Departure from Bears Ears to Durango (afternoon).
Trip Dates: October 22-24, 2021
Trip Cost: $1,280 per person, or $2,300 for two people sharing room, including transport from Durango to Bears Ears, 2 nights accommodation in Bluff on October 22 and 23, meals (lunch & dinner Friday, all meals Saturday and breakfast & lunch Sunday), drinks, snacks, guided excursions, and gratuity. The trip cost does not include airfare to/from Durango or accommodation in Durango, but we are happy to suggest lodging options.
RSVP below to join the adventure and be taken to the trip payment page. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon registration. Full payment is due by September 21, 2021.
Refund policy: Life happens and plans can change. The Conservation Lands Foundation offers a full refund (minus deposit) for trip cancellations made before September 21, 2021, and 50% refund 14 days prior to trip departure. Cancellations less than 14 days before trip date cannot be refunded, though your deposit can always be applied toward a future trip.
Please contact Nicole Fabrey at [email protected] or 970-759-1047.
October 22, 2021 at 9:00am - October 24, 2021, Mountain Time
Bears Ears National Monument
South East Utah
Bluff, UT 84512
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Nicole Fabrey · · 970-759-1047
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