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Eagle City (Eagle Benches South)

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Frequency 122.90
Elevation 6260 ft
Lat/Long 38.0831, -110.6961
38° 4.9837' , -110° 41.7667'
Runway 9/27 1973 ft x 30 ft
Rwy 27 Uphill 5.8%
Ownership BLM



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Information updated May 13, 2021 @ 7:40pm

Description: Eagle City's runway is orientated east/west on the east face of the Henry Mountains.  The east 500' is more rough and has a more rocky surface.  Some errosion exists in the middle of the runway not quite halfway down from the east end.  Larger rocks have been removed in recent years from users of the strip.  Land west, depart east.  Downdrafts on final can be common.  Large rocks exist on the shoulders of the runway, so use caution when taxiing off of the runway surface.

Runway: 1973' long  x 30' wide dirt/clumpy grass strip in good condition. The strip has a 5.8% grade from the east to the west with a 115' gain in elevation over the length of the runway.  Some errosion exists near midfield in the middle of the runway.  The first 500' is a little more rocky and rougher.  Large rocks and other hazards exist off the shoulders of the runway.  Use caution when taxiing off of the runway.  

Approach Considerations: Land west, depart east.  Uneven terrain in the area can cause irregurlar winds and downdrafts.  Use caution on final.  Use caution for density altitude, especially in the event of a go around.

Amenities: Camping is available on the south side of the runway abeam the information sign.  At least one rock fire ring was present.

Windsock: Yes.  One located on the south side of the approach end of runway 9, the other on the northside of the approach end of runway 27.

Cory Wolf visited 6 months ago in a C205 with 850s tires

It had been several years since I have been here. The strip is still a little on the rough side with the rocky surface, as previously mentioned, but in good shape otherwise. Currently free of any snow. The windsock on the west end is gone with no frame on the top of the pole...assuming one was there before. I vaguely seem to remember there being a sock there in the past. I also thought there was a sock on the east end. I couldn't see one down there but may have seen a pole for one. Either way, we should get a sock at this strip since the winds can get pretty squirrely here. We didn't have time to hike the slot, but took a look over the edge and were surprised at how much water was flowing down it. Can't beat the views from here!

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Nathan Kurth visited 1 year ago in a Super Stinson 108-3 with 31" tires

runway is in good condition and as to be expected at this location-typical of mountainous environment airstrips. a few small to medium embedded rocks (not loose) on rwy surface with buffalo/clump grass- may make it a bit bumpy for smaller tires but still doable. Dirt surface is in great condition. Exercised a bit of caution in the parking area with a few scattered rocks but nothing major.

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Marc Lassaux visited 1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 21 tires

A great spot. Runway has a few larger rocks in it but not bad and you can see them from the air.

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Regan Richmond visited 2 years ago in a C-185 with 8.00 tires

Good easy backcountry strip. Similar to a large-gravel dirt road. Landing west is for sure advised, but with density altitude an underpowered airplane should be very cautious in a go-around with terrain rising deceptively fast. Picture is looking downhill from the west to the east - ready for take-off.

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William Lipscomb visited 2 years ago in a PA-18 with 31" tires

Everything looks good here.

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Crescent Creek Slot Canyon Hike

Added by Cory Wolf 3 years ago

The Crescent Creek Slot Canyon runs parallel to the airstrip on the south side. A short hike up the dirt road takes you to the beginning of the ravine that becomes the slot canyon. Directly abeam the west end of the runway, there are places where access to the canyon is possible if you don't want to hike to the beginning of the ravine to the west. Approximately 2/3s of the way down the slot, there is an approximately 60' drop that requires repelling. There are anchor points for climbing ropes. Otherwise it is not passable. A short hike down the road will give you access to the east end of the slot and you can make your way up the canyon to the drop off. It's a great little slot easily accessible from the strip.

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