Event Reservations

Whether you are looking for a modern base camp for a field course or a scenic locale for an upcoming workshop, our field station has the facilities to meet your needs. Take a look at what we have to offer below and explore how the field station fits into your next excursion to the beautiful Bighorn Basin

Facilities and amenities

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    Smith Lodge

    The first floor of the Smith Lodge includes a dining hall and a kitchen with modern appliances and ample pantry space. The dining hall has a capacity of 48 people, but French doors open out to a covered deck, providing additional room for guests. The second floor contains an office area and five bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, typically used by teaching staff at the field station.

  • Classroom Building

    Classroom Building

    The new classroom includes a high-resolution projector, screen, sound system, dry-erase board, and seating/workspace for 48+ people. Additional bathrooms and a convenient, coin-operated laundry facility are also located in the classroom building.

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    East and West dormitories

    All rooms in the new east and west dorms contain a bathroom vanity and a shower and toilet, each enclosed within their own separate space. Eleven of the twelve rooms contain two sets of bunk beds, workspace, and storage for up to four individuals. The ADA-compliant twelfth room in the east dorm ensures accessibility for any guests with disabilities.

  • Sunset

    Tent camping

    Multiple tent sites are available in a shaded area along Shell Creek. Guests using tent sites will have access to bathrooms and showers within the classroom building during their stay.

  • Full camp view

    Additional amenities

    Each building at the field station is climate-controlled with central air/heating, and all reservations include wifi and access to the laundry facility. Parking is available on site for 25+ personal vehicles or up to ten fifteen-passenger vans.


Grilling on the deck

Ready to make a reservation?

Contact Aaron Wood for more information about scheduling your visit, rental rates, and how we can help you plan your event at the Iowa State University Geology Field Station.