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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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. 
William Lipscomb
4 months ago in a Cub Type with 31" tires

Repaired windsock. GTG. The secret is out on the cliff dwellings and camping east of the airstrip. We saw multiple vehicles and day hikers crossing the runway throughout the day. This means use extra caution for the deepening ruts, however we had no problems crossing road and using the south end for camping. The runway is in great shape still maybe a little soft from the spring frost but ok for most type aircraft. The grass is causing some erosion and could use a little TLC soon. Fire ring in good shape, no cell coverage.

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Karen Larson
9 months ago in a Super Cub with 31” tires

Lots of vegetation makes for bumpy roll-outs, but good hard surface with no ruts that I could tell on the main strip just past the dirt road landing uphill. Walked down to see the cliff dwellings.

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Michael Mayra
1 year ago in a Maule with 31s tires

Little bit of vegetation on the runway. Firm surface underneath. Kitfox on 8.50s made it no problem.

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Eric Berg
1 year ago in a C182P with 8.00 tires

Vehicle traffic on Rwy has produced non-linear ruts, mainly S edge strip. The NW antique hood is gone, but remaining, now in NW brush pile, is a shovel and plywood pads I stashed there yrs ago.

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Donald Goodman
1 year ago in a C182P with 8.50 tires

Runway very good condition. A bit soft at the displaced threshold of 30 (at the road intersection). Wind sock torn and now a "wind flag". The "Caution Runway" sign on the road (west side of runway) is illegible.

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