Celebrate Cedar Mesa: March 3-5, 2017

Bears Ears: What lies ahead?

Celebrate Cedar Mesa is our annual gathering for people who care about the greater Cedar Mesa area and all of the fantastic public lands in San Juan County. This year’s event will be a true celebration with the recent designation of the Bears Ears National Monument! Join us for a weekend of fun, including a keynote by author Craig Childs.

This year’s weekend is presented by Osprey Packs.



Friday, March 3, 2017

10:00AM – 4:00PM: Service Projects – FULL

Registration for service projects is now full.

7:00PM – 9:00PM: Fireside Readings Co-hosted by Torrey House Press – Calf Canyon


Saturday, March 4, 2017

8:30AM – 5PM: Main Friends Gathering with keynote by Craig Childs, presentations, slideshows, research updates and more – FULL

  • View the finalized event program here. 
  • Registration for Saturday events is now full. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you next year!
  • Sorry but furry friends (except service animals) are not allowed in the Community Center.

Friends Gathering Details

Location: Bluff Community Center

The Saturday program is the “main event” of our Celebrate Cedar Mesa weekend. You’ll hear a keynote presentation by author Craig Childs, updates on policy and research, see slideshows, and join in engaging conversation about key issues facing the area.

Registration includes:

  • A scrumptious lunch
  • Taco bar dinner
  • Admittance to “After Party,” with live music by Wake Up Laughing.

All registrants will be entered to win some fabulous door prizes provided by Osprey Packs, Patagonia, & The North Face.

6:00PM – 7:30PM: Potluck taco bar dinner at the Community Center

Out of town guests are encouraged to bring a dessert to share!

8:00PM – 10:00PM: After Party, with live music by Wake Up Laughing at Rusticks Gallery

After Party & Band Details

Location: Rusticks Gallery

Wake Up Laughing is a dynamic three-piece band out of SW Colorado. They bring an eclectic mix of originals with mindful lyrics and old-school covers with their own funky twists and turns. Their live shows are high energy with lots of smiling and laughter. Bring your dancing shoes and have a good time! Free entrance for all Gathering Registrants only.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

9:00AM Free Organized/Guided Hikes  – FULL

Organized Hiking Registration and Details

Location: Meet at Bluff Community Center to carpool

Click here to learn about hikes and register.

9:00AM Workshops

Workshop Registration and Details

Location: Meet inside Bluff Community Center 

FCM is hosting several engaging workshops with specialists. Registration costs range from $0 – $30. Group limits mean workshops will fill up quickly so register today!

Workshops include:

  • Photography
  • Ancestral Puebloan Replica Pottery painting & firing
  • Pottery Identification
  • Pottery Tally in-field workshop




Lodging & Camping –

If you are looking for a place to stay, BluffUtah.org has great ideas of local hotels. FCM has a reserved Group Campsite B at Sand Island Campground and there are a couple of spots left. Please email Amanda if you would like to reserve a spot there.

Author: Josh Ewing

As Executive Director for Friends of Cedar Mesa, Josh advances stewardship through education, advocacy, and organizing.

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