Hidden Splendor | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Hidden Splendor


Frequency: 122.9
Runway: Heading: 17/35
Length: 1910 ft
Width: 30 ft
Surface: Dirt/Gravel
Elevation: 4819 ft
Lat/Long: 38.5686, -110.9573
38° 34.116' , -110° 57.438'
FAA Identifier: None
Land Ownership: BLM

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Airport Description

Description: Hidden Splendor runway oriented north/south with 1000 ft. cliffs and the Muddy Creek skirting the west side. Airstrip is located on a small mesa with steep drop-offs very close to each end of the runway. Check NOTAMS for annual closure due to Native American activities. There is vehicle access to the airstrip, so watch out for cars, trucks, animals, and people.

Runway: 1910 ft long x 30 ft (average) wide hard surfaced dirt runway in good condition. Slopes to the north1.62%.

Approach Considerations: Pay attention to the downhill slope when when landing to the south, and use caution for canyon winds. When landing to the north the approach is through a relatively tight canyon, and should not be attempted with strong winds. Use caution for sinking air over the river when approaching from the south. Suggest flying above the canyon first to make sure you are comfortable with the approach between canyon walls. There are steep drops-offs on both ends of the runway. Can be soft when wet. Departing to the south is recommended despite the narrow canyon . The terrain to the north rises fairly quickly and gives the impression of poor climb rates, and could be a problem on hot summer afternoons.

Amenities: Primitive camping areas are available in several locations around the airstrip. Space is available west of the approach end of the runway 34, as well as on the west end of the road that crosses close to the middle of the runway, and east of the runway on that same road. Interesting hikes up and down the river to explore old mining facilities.

Windsock: Yes.


Recent Reports

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Cory Wolf made a report.
Visited November 12, 2019 in a C205
Runway: Great condition
Camping area: Great condition
Windsock: Needs to be replaced

On this day we flew one of the rec planners from the Price District around to survey the airstrips in his district. Hidden Splendor is in great shape although the windsock badly needs to be replaced. Make sure to bring a big crescent wrench or sockets (1.5 or 2") is my guess. It's not standard and is likely larger than anything one would normal carry with them. Check out the pics attached.

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Tobias Burch made a report.
Visited November 06, 2019 in a CarbonCub
Runway: Great condition
Camping area: Good condition
Windsock: Good condition

Great condition. Approach is great through the canyon. Be careful.

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Cameron Nosler made a report.
Visited October 12, 2019 in a Kitfox
Runway: Good condition
Camping area: Good condition
Windsock: Needs to be replaced

Beautiful area. Runway is in good condition. Windsock is a little sad and not the most helpful location...

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Roger Rollins made a report.
Visited October 03, 2019 in a Maule M5 180C
Runway: Good condition
Camping area: Great condition
Windsock: Needs to be replaced

Uneventful landing from the South down in the canyon. Dramatic approach! Never get tired of this strip. Rwy condition good ... dry and firm with small rocks. Plenty of room at N end for 2-3 planes. Don’t recommend landing S or taking off N. Rising terrain to N is taller than it looks. Takeoff to the S requires flying back up the canyon unless you have more HP than me. Great fun either way.

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David Finamore made a report.
Visited May 31, 2019 in a C-170B/180hp
Runway: Great condition
Camping area: Great condition
Windsock: Needs to be replaced

Dry and firm. No significant holes or ruts.

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