As a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, the Mountain Campus and our 1,600-acre property at 9,000 ft/2743 m, provide a high elevation platform for cutting edge research and scholarly endeavors. Our campus location offers a rich diversity of ecological communities and a geophysical setting in the mountains at the headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River. We are committed to facilitating research and discovery across the social, biological, and physical sciences, and in minimizing environmental impacts. We provide infrastructure, support and year-round access so scientists can focus on their field work.

Abutting Comanche Peak Wilderness in the Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park, opportunities abound for exploring some of today’s most pressing ecological research questions. We host projects in a variety of academic disciplines, including wildlife biology, forestry, ecosystem science and sustainability, watershed science, geosciences, atmospheric sciences, biology and renewable energy.  

Current environmental data instrumentation at the Mountain Campus includes two weather stations (main and forest locations), two groundwater monitoring wells, stream monitoring equipment, a precipitation gauge, a seismic station and webcam. View the data and webcam here.

Research proposals are welcome from CSU, CSU-Affiliated, external and agency Principal Investigators, and we are keen to support graduate and undergraduate research experiences. 

Proposals to conduct field work at the CSU Mountain Campus are reviewed and approved by our Research Advisory Committee. Please contact us at least two months in advance of initiating your research for evaluation by the committee; preferred deadline of March 1.  

Interested in conducting research at the CSU Mountain Campus? Please fill out our Contact Us form to get the process started!