Fry Canyon | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Fry Canyon

UT74
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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 5372 ft
Lat/Long 37.6515, -110.1709
37° 39.09' , -110° 10.254'
Runway 14/32 3400 ft x 80 ft
Dirt
Rwy 32 Uphill 1.7%
Ownership BLM NM

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Information updated April 25, 2024 @ 5:31pm

Description: Fry Canyon would be a great start to your Utah backcountry flying adventures. As one of the longer and wider airstrips in the collection it still offers a great opportunity to explore slot canyons, cliff dwellings, and camp with relative ease. 
 
Runway: This runway tends to be soft in the spring and late fall as the frost heaves up the ground. A bit of wind erosion near the base of the grass has made the runway more rough than normal. A little more use and this may correct itself. A important note is an access road crossing the airstrip near the first third landing north but a nice 2,382 feet of airstrip remain after the road. This road has seen increasing activity as the camping and cliff dwellings have grown in popularity and could become more hazardous as ruts deepen. The runway is sloped uphill 1.7% headed to the north. Landings and takeoffs can be accomplished in both directions. If taking off uphill into the wind it may appear your aircraft has reduced performance as the slope of the runway will create this illusion. 
 
Approach Considerations: If you have never landed on a upslope runway I can almost guarantee you’ll find yourself low on approach here.  A downhill landing is possible but the prevailing winds tend to favor an uphill landing. Plan your touchdown after the access road unless your aircraft performance and skill level allows for short landing distances. Before the road the runway has a few larger shrubs and rocks that need to be considered. There is also a large washout near the west side of the runway running the length of this section.
 
Parking: Large enough for a small fly-in there is no shortage of parking on the south end of the strip. Multiple fire rings can be found here with flat and smooth ground for camping. Some of the ground here is dirt covered rock so plan your tent stakes and tie downs according. No cell phone coverage. 
Craig Gustafson visited 3 months ago in a Carbon Cub EX-3 with 31" tires

Fry Canyon is a super long strip right on the edge of Fry Canyon, which is a cool mildly technical canyoneering route. Land uphill on runway 30, after the road which cuts across the middle of the strip. Depart downhill on runway 12. If you park at the downhill end of the runway, you'll walk southeast towards the bridge over the head Fry Canyon, and drop into the canyon there. Roundtrip hike from the south end of the runway thru the Fry Canyon canyoneering route and back to the plane was 6.9 miles. Took us about 2.5 hours total. There's a 60 foot rappel into the crux of the canyon, then a 75 foot swim down canyon. Camping up above Fry Canyon with views down onto Anasazi ruins is pretty cool, and its easy walking distance from the runway (a few hundred feet).

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Josh Kelson

Curious what length rope you used? Anchors established or used your own? This looks like a good time! Found this website, seems like maybe there are two entry points? https://www.canyoneeringusa.com/cedar-mesa/fry-canyon

2 months ago
Craig Gustafson

Hi Josh - we just used a standard 165 ft. dynamic rope that we doubled over for the rappel down, then pulled down behind us. There are good bolted anchors to attach the rope to. We entered the canyon from the state highway bridge, but could have skipped part of that hike but just rapping down into Fry Canyon from the campground directly above it.

2 months ago
Marc Lassaux visited 5 months ago in a ICP Savannah S with 21 tires

The runway is a pretty soft after the rain and snow and a bit weedy but not bad. It is a very long strip. Where the road crosses runway it is rough from the berms and I would recommend not landing in that area. We landed to the N right near the windsock which is on the west side of the runway about mid-field . Runway slopes up slightly to the N and it appeared that slope is steeper on the southern end of the runway. Very interesting ruins to see at the canyon overlook to the east.

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Scott Conner visited 8 months ago in a C-182 with 8.50x6 tires

Landed to the south downhill today due to wind. Strip is dry, relatively firm, lots of hoof prints, rabbit brush, tumbleweeds, etc. but still in good condition on the northern portion. Previously mentioned ruts aren’t bad except just north of the access road where they are troublesome. If landing uphill to the north, touchdown 200 feet beyond the crossing access road and you will avoid the wash out/ruts. Still plenty of runway in good condition.

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jed ellithorpe visited 1 year ago in a T206H with 8.0-6 tires

A few deep hoof prints. Kinda soft but not bad. Not too many tracks. I am sure with more traffic it will get packed down. Opted to land uphill (32) with a tailwind. Waited until after the road that crosses the runway to touch town. There is a deep cut in the runway on the right side from the road avoid that. If you need the to cross the road cheat to the west.

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Cory Wolf visited 1 year ago in a C205 with 850 tires

Fry was not as soft as I expected. Maybe 1/4 to a 1/2 inch give to foot prints. It’s been graded somewhat recently and recent moisture has firmed it up. Hiked down to look at the cliff dweller ruins across the canyon.

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Fry Canyon's airstrip has been identified on USGS maps since 1980. You can view this historic map below or download it by clicking here.