Support Rio Mesa

Field House

The field house will allow students and researchers to prepare and process data and will promote interdisciplinary interaction.

The Williard L. Eccles Foundation has provided seed funds for this project.

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Give to the U - Field House

Fellowship Fund

For undergraduates engaged in indepdent work at Rio Mesa Center.

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Named Tent $5000

Named Fire Pit $1500

Bench $1000

Pavers $500

Cottonwood $100

Friend $50

Give to the U - Fellowship Fund


***Biology Position available at Rio Mesa***


Rio Mesa Center

Located along almost three miles of Dolores River in the magnificent red-rock country of southeastern Utah, The University of Utah's Rio Mesa Center provides opportunities for field-based interdisciplinary research that emphasizes ecology and the environment in the broadest sense. Rio Mesa Center is a real-world laboratory for integrated thinking about humans and their place in biologically complex, but fragile, systems. The Center promotes research, courses and professional training at the interface of history, anthropology, biology, art and human sustainability around the following themes:

  • Water as the lifeblood of the West
  • Human history and sustainability on the Colorado Plateau
  • Solitude and inspiration

Our facilities are available for research, classes, workshops, retreats and writers- and artists-in-residence.

Watch our 14 minute video about the Center's mission and programs located here.

Also take a virtual 3-D tour of Rio Mesa Center below.