TMF has 18 dormitory rooms for overnight approved science users. The process for reserving a room is to either contact the operations office at 760-249-3650 or email the facility operations manager.

The charge is currently $53.50 per night per person, all JPL employees will provide a valid project task (account) number to charge, all non JPL users will need to pay by check upon check out. Checks are to be made out to: Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This fee is collected during each stay and are calculated by TMF Operations and approved by Financial Planning yearly.

Please contact the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce for information on other accommodations in the area. View live weather and road conditions for the area at

Business at TMF

Use of Facility

NASA must approve the use of the facility by non-JPL/NASA businesses if they are not contracted or subcontracted to JPL or NASA, in the form of a Facility Use Request.

  1. Requestor must have a JPL sponsor.
  2. The JPL sponsor writes a request to the Contracts Administration Office describing:Who, What, When, Where, Why
  3. Liability, data sharing, safety, security, etc... must be met for approval to be granted.
  4. The Table Mountain Science and Technology committee must be presented with new science programs that want to locate at TMF, the committee will then assess any science conflict issues.
  5. When all parties have approved, the Facility Use Request will be granted.

Security Access

Operations staff must see a JPL/NASA badge for entry or an approved visitor clearance. If visitors are Foreign Nationals, they must have FN approval and their passport for entry. All visitors must show picture identification upon arrival and sign in and out on official logs.

  1. JPL Badge
  2. OR

  3. Visitor Clearance must be approved by Security, form includes: Name, Date, Time, Where, Reason, Under 18 years of age, affiliation and citizenship. (For all foreign national visits, the requests must include birthdate, passport and visa information. For authorized users, please click here for Visitor Clearance Form


TMF Hazard Orientation must be given to all new employees (existing TMF employees to catch up with the requirement), science users, or visitors before leaving TM-17 to conduct any work. Two ways this may be accomplished either via the video/CD or review the documentation with their supervisor or sponsor. The signed documentation is kept on file and is required for tracking purposes.

The video may be viewed at TMF or online. Click here to view video.

Safety and Health Program Requirements:

  • TMF Hazard Orientation
  • If working alone at anytime you must sign out a Personal Alert Button from the Operations desk and wear it at all times. This button will sound an alarm when triggered that alerts our Notifier Panel. The Notifier Panel indicates where you are and notifies our Operations Staff and Apple Valley Communication of a possible problem. The Operations Staff will investigate the trouble and report or seek emergency help.
  • The JPL Science User is required to perform or obtain the proper safety office approval for the following:
    • Pre Operational Safety Review
    • PPE Assessment
    • Job Hazard Analysis
    • PPE Training
  • Training in all applicable areas (examples:)
    • Hazard Communication
    • Fall Protection
    • Lasers
    • Hearing Protection
    • Chemical Hygiene Plan
    • Site Specific Training (LN2 handling and filing procedures)
  • Colleges or outside businesses must provide the same information to JPL Safety Office for review and acceptance before they will be allowed to work at TMF. They are responsible to conduct their safety training and prove it was done. They must also provide a signed copy of their organization's IIP (if working for a California based company that has 10 or more employees) for review and acceptance by JPL Occupational Safety Office. All signed documentation must be on file at TMF.

Parking Procedure

Click here to view the parking policy.

After Hours, Weekends, Holidays

It is advised that anyone planning to arrive at TMF during the weekends, holidays or after regular work hours, should call the operations number 760-249-3650 and advise the staff of an approximated time of arrival.

Winter Weather

Prior to driving to TMF during the winter months, it is advised to call the operations number 760-249-3650 for road conditions and updated weather conditions or visit: