Hidden Splendor | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Hidden Splendor


Frequency: 122.9
Runway: Heading: 16/34
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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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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Perry Hacking made a report.
Visited May 09, 2019 in a T206H
Runway: Great condition
Camping area: Great condition
Windsock: Needs to be replaced

Everything looked perfect to this rookie. Landed twice to the north with canyon approach (now THERE'S an ILS!). Remnants of windsock still visible and useful for wind direction check and very rough wind speed.