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Small Cabin in the Mountains

This two-bedroom shelter for scientists and students sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: June 3, 2013
Photo by Kimberly Sink,

North of Crested Butte, Colo., near the old abandoned mining town of Gothic, sits the Swallow’s Nest cabin. This two-bedroom structure is used as field station housing for scientists and students at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), an internationally renowned center for scientific research and education. Unfortunately, photographer Kimberly Sink did not have the pleasure of staying in it, but was glad to happen upon it during one of her many rambles.

The RMBL provides living quarters in cabins like the one pictured here, research labs, and protected research sites for study of the diverse local ecosystems. The field station has been operating since 1928, and it now includes 70 buildings. Read about the history of the site and see a photograph of the Swallow’s Nest cabin taken in 1934.

To view other small cabins that house scientists at the RMBL, scroll down and click on the names of the cabins here. To see where the cabins are located on a map, including the Swallow’s Nest, click here.

Children and adults are encouraged to visit the RMBL. Different programs and events are hosted throughout the summer. Visit the Weldon and Rosalie Weekley Visitor’s Center any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., from June 6 to September 30. There are free tours of the RMBL and of Gothic that run daily at 11 a.m. Check out the kid’s nature camp, adult science tours, or volunteer your time as a citizen scientist. Visit the RMBL’s website to learn more.

Photo by Kimberly Sink,

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