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Selenite / Factory Butte Coal Mine

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4775 ft
Lat/Long 38.4867, -110.915
38° 29.202' , -110° 54.9'
Runway 7/25 1590 ft
Ownership SITLA


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Information updated April 7, 2021 @ 1:56am

Description: If you’re still waiting on a space flight to Mars, Selenite may offer a preview of a similar landscape and remoteness. Just outside of the San Rafael Swell this is just a short flight from Hidden Splendor. At one point this must have been a busy mine with three runways of which two are still open, useable, and in great shape. Mining artifacts still remain scattered at the east end of the strip and with a short hike it is possible to explore parts of the Morrison Formation. 
Runway: A large washout to the east has shortened the main runway. It can be soft here in the spring and fall frost heaves but at other times can be hard as concrete. 
Approach Considerations: This strip offers a landing location during higher winds when other strips are too turbulent. Evidence of UTV traffic can be seen here frequently so a good landing survey should be preformed. 
Parking: Most the airstrip could be used as parking. A small desert oasis-looking area to the east could offer an interesting place to camp. Limited to no cell coverage. 
Duncan Severance
2 months ago in a Super Craft with 35 tires

Airstrip seemed to be in good condition, but the ground was somewhat soft at the ends and off the sides of the runway. Both ends of the runways are slightly shorter then marked because they were washed out. There were lots of animal tracks very close to the runway as well, so watch out for livestock/wildlife when coming in. I did not see a wind sock but it was a pretty calm day and we had no issue getting in and out.

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Russell Robinson
1 year ago in a H130

Still rutted and previous reports are still accurate. Not the best looking strip but the Factory Butte area is amazing and worth some low, slow, exploring.

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

Soft. The ruts from last year are mostly gone. Probably a big tire place.

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Joseph Barrett
2 years ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

This is a pretty cool strip to check out if you haven’t done so already. The strip itself consisted of soft loose dirt, fossilized sea shells, and of course the selenite crystals. The previous reports still stand. There are ruts in the western end of the main runway and major water runoff on the eastern end. The crosswind runway has some deep depressions where water has pooled and should be noted if attempting to use. Its also worth noting, the main runway was pretty soft and I would highly recommend high float or tundra tires if landing here.

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

Looks like a vehicle was stuck and left ruts on the main runway. Runway is still landable, but the ruts will need some attention. Crosswind runway has several washes from recent rains that make it almost unusable. This area is seeing a huge increase in UTV traffic.

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