Research Residence Fees & Accommodation

The Southwestern Research Station is operated by the American Museum of Natural History, a nonprofit research and educational institution.  All income from fees is used to help defray the operating costs of the Station. The Museum subsidizes scientific research at the Station by assuming annual deficits and investing in capital improvements. 

The Station provides lodging for visiting researchers in private or shared rooms.  Meals are included with the price of lodging and are provided in a common dining room. 

Researcher Rates

To qualify for researcher rates, you must have a research application and proposal on file.  To qualify for student rates you must be in a degree seeking program and have a research proposal on file, or be listed as a student assistant on a researcher application.

  Lodging 1 Station Fees Total Fees
       Double occupancy (per person) $47.00 $9.00 $56.00
       Single occupancy $58.00 $9.00 $67.00
  Room (Triplex)      
       Double occupancy (per person) $72.00 $9.00  $81.00
       Single occupancy $82.00 $9.00 $91.00
2 Student Researcher      
     Double occupancy (per person) $38.00 $9.00  $47.00 
     Single occupancy $58.00 $9.00 $67.00
Spouse Dorm $47.00 $9.00 $56.00
Spouse Triplex $72.00 $9.00 $81.00
3 Campers (per person) $38.00 $9.00 $47.00

Ages 4-15
Under 4

Station Fees include use of the labs, science facilities, and/or conference room.
2 Student subsidies are available. Please click here for applications and eligibility.
A limited number of campers are allowed on station grounds; call to check on availability. 

Internet: The labs are wired for ADSL and wireless is available in most Station locations.  A guest computer is available for researchers that do not bring their own laptops.  

Winter Rates* (November 1 - February 28)

  Person/Per Night
Researcher with active project; full kitchen $72.00
Each Additional Person in room $12.00

 *Winter rates do not include meals. However, accommodations with kitchens are available and a restaurant is located within five miles of the station.


Click here for a description and pictures of our new dormitory.

Click here for descriptions and pictures of our triplex rooms.

Researchers are requested to apply to the Station for accommodations well in advance of their anticipated time of arrival. Please indicate in writing or by phone your first meal to be taken on arrival. Accommodations are mostly dorm rooms with 2 or 3 single beds, and a men's and women's communal bathroom. All linens are supplied.  Rooms do not have televisions nor telephones (see below). A swimming pool is available for guest use, as are washers and a dryer. The laundry facility is available in the dormitory, and tokens may be purchased in the Main Office or Nature Shop.

Meals are served promptly at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m. Guests eat family style in the dining room or at outside picnic tables. Vegetarian and no red meat meals are available with advance notice. Also, with 24-hour notice sack lunches can be provided. For hardy early-birds who would rather be in the field at 7:30, a self-serve cold breakfast of cereal and juice can be arranged the night before with the cook and can be taken between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. The dining hall is closed between meals.

Check-In Times:
By 11:00 a.m. for lunch arrival.
By 4:00 p.m. for dinner arrival.

All invoices must be paid within 90 days of receipt. After 90 days of non-payment, a one percent per month service charge will accrue. 

Other Useful Information:

  • Personal and traveler's checks are accepted, as well as, Visa and MasterCard credit cards.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Arizona does not go on daylight savings time during the winter and summer. We are on Mountain Standard Time (in the summer, this is the equivalent of Pacific Daylight Savings Time).
  • A public telephone is available at the Station for outgoing or prearranged incoming phone calls-520-558-2381. Guests cannot be reached through the main Station number, 520-558-2396, except in real emergencies.
  • Driving time from Tucson is three hours. Click here for directions and a map.
  • Feel free to call for more information!