Open from about June 1 - October 31 (weather and snow permitting), Barcroft Station was constructed in 1951 at an elevation of 3800 m (12,470') in the White Mountains. Barcroft can house up to 20 people in comfortable dorms. It has a full kitchen with excellent meals provided. Three labs are available for visiting research scientists and their students, and the station has wireless internet access. Upstairs in the main building is a classroom/living room area and recreational facilities. The station has been the site of much research in the physiological effects of high elevation, and was also used for a decade by Noble laureate, George Smoot, for research in cosmic background radiation. The Barcroft Station is off-grid and most power is generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels.
The facilities at Barcroft include the Nello Pace Laboratory, which
is the main station building, several nearby outbuildings housing research
projects, the observatory dome which
is 1/2 mile to the north up on Barcroft Plateau, and the well and pond which
provide water for the station. An aerial photo
taken in 1999 shows these features. Five miles to the north, on White
Mountain Peak, is the summit laboratory.
The Barcroft History
page has photos showing construction of the station. Other older photos
may be seen on the WMRC
History page. The lands to the north and east of the observatory, running
all the way up to White Mountain Peak, are part of the designated McAfee
Meadow Research Natural Area (see pdf
file for details).
For interactive panoramic views of the Barcroft facilities and the surrounding areas click here.