CDRLC Facilities

Aerial photo of McGraw Ranch.
McGraw Ranch

NPS Photo / Chris Kennedy

The Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC) has many accommodation options for researchers and guests working in Rocky Mountain National Park. CDRLC staff can organize lodging at the following locations:

  • McGraw Ranch Research Center
  • The Research Dorm - Closed for the fiscal 2021 year due to construction at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Campsites
Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No family members, visitors or pets may share these accommodations. Researchers should inquire about lodging options during the permitting process.
McGraw Ranch Main House
McGraw Ranch Main House

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McGraw Ranch

McGraw Ranch (a former cattle and guest ranch) is located five miles from Estes Park, Colorado. The Main ranch house has offices, a shared kitchen and dining area, laundry and small conference room.

Seven cabins house long-term researchers in private or shared rooms with bath. Extra services include a small field laboratory, and limited internet access and cell phone reception.

Please fill out this housing form if you are requesting housing. Please note that housing is not guaranteed and is based on availability.

Research dorm building
Research Dorm

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The Research Dorm - Closed for the 2021 fiscal year due to construction at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

The dorm is located near the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, three miles west of Estes Park, Colorado. The dorm has 16 beds, shared bath, and a furnished living room and kitchen. It is available for long-term, short-term or infrequent visits. Wi-Fi and cell phone reception are available.

Campers in Moraine Park Campground.
Longs Peak view from Moraine Park Campground.

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Administrative campsites at the following locations may be available to researchers in the park. Please submit requests via phone or email to the CDRLC facilities manager.

Last updated: May 10, 2021