Setting & Facilities
Buildings and Labs
John W. Marr Alpine Laboratory contains offices, laboratories, a computer lab, a seminar room, and the Columbine Bookshop. This building is the main administrative center and has WiFi through the University of Colorado network. Administrative hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
Moores-Collins Family Lodge is open year-round for conferences, courses, and retreats. The lodge has a self-service kitchen, a large meeting room with projection screen, WiFi, and houses up to 32 people in 8, 4-person rooms. Bedding for single bunk beds is not provided.
37 non-winterized Cabins are furnished with bunk or single beds, wardrobe/dresser, table, chairs, and a wood stove (wood is provided). All housing has electricity. Bedding is not provided.
The Kiowa Classroom is the newest structure at the Mountain Research Station and can be used for classes, seminars, and presentations for up to 24 people. The classroom has a pull down projector screen WiFi, and a woodstove.
The bathhouse has sinks, toilets, and showers, and is divided into men's and women's sections. Toiletries and personal items are not provided.
The laundry room is located at the north end of the bathhouse and has coin-operated washers and dryers at $1.25/load. Please provide your own detergent and change.
The Tundra Laboratory was built in 1990 at the Saddle Research site on Niwot Ridge, 11,600 feet (3538 m). The lab has AC line power, solar power, and fiber optic data lines. The lab facilitates year round studies providing shelter form summer hail and lightning storms, and from winter snow and extreme winds.
The University of Colorado Alpine Observatory has a 12.5" telescope outfitted with an H-alpha filter for solar viewing. The facility is used for research and outreach activities and has WiFi.
Over the past decade the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendrocthonus ponderosae) has killed millions of pine trees from New Mexico to the Yukon Territory, as a result of an unprecedented explosion in their numbers. The causes behind the beetle outbreak has been the topic of...