Not all Research and Work

Six lit up pumpkins with faces, birds or trees carved into them in a dark scene with a reflection below

Here at the Southwestern Research Station guests are able to enjoy many hiking trails, clear skies, and a multitude of birding possibilities, all within walking distance away. But did you know we provide many on-site activities, too? On our grounds guests can find a horseshoe pit, volleyball and basketball nets, a ping pong table, a 72 degree thermal-fed reservoir (currently not available for swimming but still used by frogs and bats!) and many board games.

Throughout the year, the communities of Portal, Arizona and Rodeo, New Mexico host an assortment of events. Outside the natural beauty of the two towns, there is almost no lack of entertainment: music nights, hiking trips, seminars, parades, regattas, and so much more! While at SWRS, you will notice posters and flyers detailing each upcoming event, and we encourage participation. In fact, the two communities have a shared Portal-Rodeo.com website with a calendar of events as well as lots of great community information.

The Station is even known to host a variety of public gatherings. These events include spring flings, involvement with July 4th celebrations, Halloween parties, Christmas dances, and New Year's celebrations. If you visit us during a certain time of year, you are welcome to join in our annual horseshoe, golf, and ping pong tournaments, too!