Facilities Rental

The Merriam-Powell Research Station (MPRS) primarily 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, non-profit, and governmental organizations, including NAU-affiliated groups. 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 March 15 through November 1. The facilities offered by MPRS include overnight housing and a large meeting room. 

  • 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 are also available by special arrangement. Amenities for overnight guests include wireless internet, a full basic kitchen and grill, 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), projector and screen, white boards, and access to a full basic kitchen.

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 workshops and meetings for a wide range of organizations, including the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. 


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Reservation requests should be sent to Lara.Schmit@nau.edu. Please include the following information to make the process as efficient as possible:

  • 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.