You are here:


Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa currently offers both camping and housing for researchers and classes.

Housing: Use of housing will generally be on a first-request basis.

Deck House has one large sleeping area with 2 full size beds, 1 twin bed, and a futon (additional cots & carpeted floor space can be used, if needed, to accomodate small groups). Deck House also has kitchen and bath faciliteis that are shared by all researchers at the station.

El Shack has two full beds (bunk style) and electricity--no water, bathroom or kitchen.

Camping: We have just completed our new off-grid shower/bath house and shade pavilion to support groups of up to 40. We currently have 8 canvas safari tents on elevated platforms, each equipped with two cots, in addition to space for individuals to pitch their own tents.

Fees: All users* are required to pay a use fee according to the following fee schedule:

  • University of Utah faculty, students, and staff- $5/person/night.
  • Other educational users/institutions- $10/person/night
  • Non educational organizations- $15/person/night
  • Day-use groups- $30

* University of Utah users conducting federally funded research at the station are exempt from user fees.

future camping area

Last Updated: 6/20/18