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


Researcher Housing 

Deck House has one large sleeping area with 4 full size beds, and a futon (additional cots & carpeted floor space can be used, if needed, to accomodate small groups). Deck House has kitchen and bath facilities that are shared by all researchers at the station, as well as guest computers, and wifi access. 

Dalton House has kitchen and bath facilities, sleeping for 3-4, and wifi access. 

El Shack is a small sleeping cabin with full size bunk, electricity and wifi access, but no bath or kitchen facilities. 


Educational User Group Campground

Our off-grid campground supports groups of up to 40. The solar-powered bath house offers potable water, hot showers, flush toilets, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting. Full cooking facilities with propane cooktops, dishwashing sinks, pots&pans, plates, utensils, refrigeration, and animal proof food storage are also provided. The campground has 10 small cabins with bunk-style cots that can sleep up to 36 (3-4 cots per cabin). Additional room for tent camping is available. The campground also has a 30-foot yurt, and a covered picnic/shade shelter with seating for large groups.


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- $50

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


Last Updated: 2/15/24