Facilities Rental

The Merriam-Powell Research Station (MPRS) provides affordable housing and research facilities to scientists and students conducting field research in northern Arizona. Additionally, the MPRS offers affordable day-long and overnight meeting and retreat facilities to educational, scientific, and environmental organizations, including NAU-affiliated groups and other governmental entities. On the grounds of The Arboretum at Flagstaff, the MPRS is approximately 5 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona.


MPRS platform tents

MPRS facilities are available for rental year-round. The facilities offered by MPRS include overnight housing, a large meeting room, and a basic lab. 

  • Housing: Two bunkrooms and a two-bedroom apartment provided housing to individuals or groups of up to 20 people in the main building. From May 1 to September 30, two platform tents that can each comfortably accommodate four guests each are also available. Amenities for overnight guests include wireless internet; a full basic kitchen; and laundry facilities. A pillow and light blanket are provided, and linens and towels are available for an additional fee.

  • Meeting Room: The meeting room can comfortably accommodate 30 people and as many as 40 people. Included in the rental price is the use of wireless internet (wired connections also available); white boards; and access to a full basic kitchen.

  • Laboratory: Visiting researchers and students have access to a basic lab through the MPRS’s partnership with The Arboretum at Flagstaff. More advanced lab capabilities may be available on the nearby NAU campus. Please discuss your lab requirements with MPRS staff when making your reservation. Lab fees are waived for overnight guests.

Meetings and Retreats

MPRS facilities are available for day-long or overnight retreats, workshops, and meetings. Because the MPRS is slightly off the beaten path in a beautiful setting, it is a perfect place for a meeting.

The MPRS has played host to a wide array of workshops and meetings, ranging from annual meetings of Climate Change Policy and the Western Mycorrhizae Conference to workshops for tribal professionals and orientations for NAU students and staff.


>>2016 Fee Schedule


Reservation requests should be sent to Lara.Schmit@nau.edu. Please include the following information:

  • Contact information and organizational affiliation

  • Purpose of use

  • Dates requested

  • Space needs

  • Special needs

Before You Arrive

MPRS requires a signed liability waiver form for you or your group.

Since the MPRS is a little off the beaten path, be sure to bring the map and directions with you.

For your safety and to ensure that you enjoy your visit, please read the MPRS user guide, which spells out the rules you will be asked to follow during your visit.

Finally, so that you are comfortable while visiting northern Arizona, you will find a suggested list of items to bring with you.