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Gruver's Mesa

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4836 ft
Lat/Long 38.7161, -110.2056
38° 42.966' , -110° 12.336'
Runway 9/27 1370 ft x 30 ft
Rwy 27 Uphill 0.3%
Ownership BLM



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Information updated May 17, 2021 @ 10:22pm

Gruver’s Mesa:

Description: The airstrip sits atop Gruver's Mesa just south of the San Rafael River.

Runway: Runway 9/27 consists of a 1370’x30’ cleared section on the western end of a two-track road (the full runway length is 3500', including the uncleared portion). Runway 5/23 is 2200' and is overgrown and not recommended.

Approach Considerations: The airstrip sits atop a mesa and approaches from any direction are unobstructed.

Amenities: Primitive camping is available on the strip. No formal amenities. The location offers good access to several slot canyons nearby. Moonshine Wash and Three Finger Canyon are two of them. Via the slot canyons, the Green and San Rafael Rivers should be accessible as well.

Windsock: No

Josh Kelson
2 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Some fresh work done to widen the road. Nice little spot, runway condition is good. Will be back.

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William Lipscomb
3 months ago in a Pa 18 with 31” tires

Good shape

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Paul Barry
4 months ago in a Maule M-5 with 26" tires

It looks like a new windsock was put up this year. The strip is in great shape. The views are pretty good too. It was disappointing, however, to see a numerous tire tracks from pilots taxiing way off the edge of the strip to turn around or park. Those tracks will take years to heal. There are ample turn around circles at both ends and one in the middle too.

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Chris Benson
1 year ago in a C150 with 6.00-6 tires

Surface was smooth and firm. Narrow, but not too much to avoid- the black brush are only 1.5' tall and the terrain disappears quickly around the east side. Nice spot.

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Marc Lassaux
1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires tires

No changes from previous reports. Here is a video of takeoff out of Gruver's:

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Mini Slot Canyon

Added by Gary Hilley 1 year ago

A narrow little 2 to 3.5 hour slot canyon with 2 rappels to 30 feet. Or just out to the 1st rappel and back with no gear. Large frame canyoneers may not enjoy this slot and may have difficulty threading the anchor ring due to the constriction at the start of the final rappel. This canyon is right off the NE end of the airstrip


Added by Cory Wolf 1 year ago

Moonshine Wash is an easy 1 mile hike from the runway. The west fork of Moonshine Wash can be accessed approximately mid way. Locate Moonshine Spring and follow it along its south rim. From this area the wash can be easily accessed. Turning north you'll run into a 20-30' down climb that can be managed by either chimneying down, or with ropes or webbing. Once past this obstacle, you can make it to the junction of the east and west fork. Continuing up the east you can reach the slot as well as the sheep bridge before needing to do any more up climbs.

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