Checking In

All RMBL Users (on-site and off-site) must check in at the Administrative and Accounting Offices in the Willey Laboratory when arriving in Gothic

Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am -12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm (typically the 3rd week of May through the 3rd week of September), excluding holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day).

Please check in with the Administration Office to fill out necessary paperwork and register your vehicle (if you have one) and then check in with billy barr in the Accounting Office to go over billing details. If you arrive outside of normal office hours, please proceed directly to your assigned cabin and check in at the office at your next earliest convenience.

RMBL may post individual room assignments on interior doors of select cabins to help residents know of their exact room assignment in a cabin. We will do this in cabins, such as Rogers Boggs, Maroon, Gates, Doctor’s, Ouray, and Calder when we have a sensitive turnover of space assignments within a limited timeframe or when we need to use a predetermined space for a resident. Please leave all room assignments on doors as they have been placed by the RMBL Administration office. When not assigned by RMBL the resident may choose their space in a cabin first come first serve upon arrival. A cabin space may not be reserved by a third party.

Please arrive after 2pm on the day of your arrival and depart before 11 am on your day of departure. We often have people arriving the same day as someone else is leaving so adhering to these check-in and check-out times is extremely important to have the cabin available for the next person.

A Note on Early Arrival / Late Departure
Some research teams need to arrive in Gothic early in the summer, before all systems are up and running smoothly. Others need to stay late into the fall, long after the summer water is turned off and most staff have left. Those who arrive early or depart late will find irregular mail delivery, infrequent trash service, no water and other less-than-ideal situations. The extreme seasonality of our operations due to climate necessitates these difficulties. We try to minimize them as much as possible, but you need to recognize that life in Gothic in April, May, September, or October is very different than in the summer.

Items to Look for When You Check In
Please look for the following items, when you check in to your cabin upon arrival. Each item should be labeled with the name of your cabin. If these items are missing when you check in, please let us know by putting in a work crew request in the Mail Room or by letting us in the Administration Office know and we will try to replace them for you. At the end of your stay, upon check out, we will ask about the existence of these items. Thank you for your assistance.

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Operating Smoke Detector
  • Water Jug
  • Spray Bottle with Cleaning Solution
  • Broom
  • Dust Pen
  • Space Heater, if your cabin is heated with an electric heater

Where to Find Cleaning Supplies
Additional cleaning supplies are located in the Cleaning Shed on the west side of the Johnson Laboratory. You may use expendables and borrow other supplies from the Cleaning Shed at any time, such as snap traps for catching mice, batteries, and light bulbs. Toilet Paper is available in the laundry room of the Shower House. Please do not remove toilet paper rolls from outhouses.

What You Need to Bring
Please bring or purchase your own laundry detergent, soap and shampoo. If you reside in a cooking cabin, please bring or purchase all disposable items needed for cooking, such as matches, paper towels, and dish soap.