Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Gothic, Colorado

Located in the historic mining town of Gothic, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) was established in 1928. At an elevation of 9,500 ft this field station gives scientists and undergraduate students the opportunity to study topics relevant to the high alpine ecosystem and conduct research in pristine wilderness. Scientists live and work on site, carrying out their studies and enjoying the collaboration and atmosphere of a community of scientists. The field station also welcomes visitors, provides science tours, and holds summer kids camps. DHM Design was selected to create a master plan for the ever-growing field station. Analysis of the site identified the current state of facilities and site assets, wayfinding and interpretation needs, visitor and researcher access, and projected facility needs for the future. The master plan seeks to maintain the rustic character of RMBL while clarifying it’s mission to visitors and planning for it’s continued evolution.


Master Planning
Community Process
Design Guidelines
Wayfinding / Signage Design

Project Team

Quinby Clune
JVA Consulting Engineers

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory