SWRS Accomodations

Each of the nine rooms in our remodeled Triplexes has either two single beds or one king size bed.

Additionally, each room has a comfortable sitting area that includes a sofa which can convert to a bed, a private bathroom, and a kitchenette unit with a microwave, coffee maker, and small refrigerator. Handicap accessible rooms are available.

Maximum occupancy for each room is either:

  • 3 adults
  • 2 adults and 2 children

The cost per room (including meals) is $95.00/person/night for multi-occupancy, or $135.00/night for a single occupancy. 

Children between the ages of 4 years and 15 years are $42/child/night, when accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 4 years are free, when accompanied by an adult.

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Southwest research station duplex exterior

Each Duplex unit (15 and 16) includes a private room with a double bed, a common area with two twin beds and a full kitchen, and a private bathroom. These units are excellent for families!

Maximum occupancy for each room is either:

  • 4 adults
  • 2 adults and 2 children

The cost per room (including meals) is $95.00/person/night.

Children between the ages of 4 years and 15 years are $42/child/night, when accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 4 years are free, when accompanied by an adult.

**Private accommodation is not offered in these units. 

Southwest Research Station duplex kitchen interior
Southwest research station bedroom interior

In both the Triplex and Duplex units, all linens are supplied. Rooms do not have televisions nor telephones. A reservoir is available for guest use—be sure to pack your towels!

Please know the Dormitory is available for course/workshop and registered researcher use only, as approved by the Director. Naturalists will be housed in the Duplex and Triplex units, not the dormitory.

Check-In Times

11 am for lunch arrival
before 4 pm for dinner arrival

Check-Out Times

10 am, after breakfast
1 pm, after lunch

When to Call

Reservations for spring (March 1–June 15),  fall (Sept. 1–Oct. 31) and winter (Nov. 1–Feb. 28) can be made any time during the year. A $40 per adult deposit is required during the spring and fall to guarantee reservations. As the summer is our busiest research time, naturalist reservations are taken only two weeks in advance from June 15 to Aug. 31.

Reservations can be taken between 8 am and 4 pm, (Arizona time–see below) seven days a week at 520-558-2396. Winter-month business hours are 8 am to 3 pm, Sunday–Thursday. Reservations cannot be made over email, but availability inquiries can be discussed over the phone or by emailing [email protected]

Our cancellation policy throughout the year requires a 72-hour advance notice. If a deposit has been collected and you have given a 72-hour notice, the charged deposit will be fully refunded. Deposits made during the spring and fall with credit cards will not be charged to the card unless you fail to give the 72-hour notice. 

Winter rooms and rates differ from those above. Please scroll down to "Winter Season" for further information.


All rates for overnight lodging include three full meals each day. Food options include vegetarian, no red meat, or omnivore. Advance notice of diet preference is needed and can be provided at the time of reservation. 

From March through October meals are served promptly at 7:30 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm. Guests eat family style in the dining room or at outside picnic tables, and with a 24-hour notice sack lunches can be provided. For hardy early-birds, a self-serve cold breakfast of cereal and juice can be arranged the night before with the cook and taken between 5:30 am and 6:30 am. The kitchen is closed between meals.

For those not staying at the Station, meals can be purchased in the dining hall with 24 hours advance notice. Prices for meals are: Breakfast- $8, Lunch–$10, and Dinner–$12 Payment is due at the time of reservation. If the Station is full, it may not be possible to accommodate this request. Please call to inquire.

Internet Access

Wireless is available in most outdoor station locations, and a guest computer is available for those that do not bring their own laptops.

Winter Season

From November 1 through February 28 meals are not included during your stay. However, accommodations with full kitchens are available (Duplexes), and a restaurant is located within five miles of the Station.

Room amenities include a full kitchen: Oven with a gas stove top, microwave, full-size fridge, toaster, and coffee maker. We provide the coffee filters, sugar/sugar substitute, and powdered creamer, but you will need to bring your own coffee or tea to enjoy in the room. Plates, mugs and silverware are also provided. 

We do not have hair dryers, curling irons, irons nor ironing boards, shampoo and other personal amenities. You may want to bring those items with you if you need them. We furnish all room linens and bar soap.  

A three night minimum stay is required during this time. 

During the winter, a one-time $75 cleaning fee is required at the time of reservation. This fee is fully refundable, should the guest provide a 72-hour (or more) advance notice of cancellation. Within the reservation confirmation email (and again at check-in) guests will be provided with the Station's winter cleaning protocol. After departure, should the room be found dirty, the $75 fee will not be refunded. If the room is found clean (as outlined in the protocol), the $75 fee will be refunded back to the charged card.  

Winter Rates

Cleaning Fee                            $75.00                                                                                                                        
First Person (shared room) per night $72.00
Each Additional Person per night  $12.00
Private Room per night                   $92.00

The Station is closed annually during the Thanksgiving weekend and the last two weeks of December; reservations will not be taken at this time. Since the Station is comprised of a small staff, employees are not able to take holiday nor vacation hours during our open season (spring/summer/fall). It is during this time that our staff are able to enjoy their holiday/vacation time. We appreciate your understanding. 

Other Useful Information

  • Personal and traveler's checks are accepted, as well as Visa and MasterCard credit cards. American Express is not accepted
  • Pets are not permitted. Please do not bring pets and leave them in your car.
  • Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. During the summer we are the same as the Pacific Time Zone. During the winter we are the same as the Mountain Time Zone. 
  • The Station has no cell phone service. A phone is located in the dining hall porch, and you may purchase a calling card in the Main Office or Nature Shop. You may want to arrange to have the person call you back (520-558-2381) to save minutes on the card. Guests cannot be reached through the main Station number (520-558-2396) except in real emergencies. You are welcome to bring your laptop or use our two visitor-computers, as email is the best form of communication at the SWRS.
  • Driving time from Tucson is three hours. Click here for an interactive map.