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Gruver's Mesa

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4836 ft
Lat/Long 38.7157, -110.1984
38° 42.942' , -110° 11.904'
Runway 8/26 3500 ft x 30 ft
Dirt with leafy brush
Ownership BLM



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Gruver’s Mesa:

Description: Gruver’s Mesa airstrip consists on two runways, one orientated east/west and one northeast/southwest.

Runway: East/west runway: approximately 3500’x30’. Utilize the two track road. The western half of this runway has the best landing surface with small bushes and clumps of grass. Northeast/Southwest runway is approximately 2300’x 40’ and is more overgrown and will be rougher.

Approach Considerations: The airstrip sits atop a mesa and approaches from any direction are unobstructed. The western end of the east/west runway provides the best landing surface. The NE/SW runway is more overgrown than the E/W runway, which also has a two track road along its length.

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.

Patrick Baxter
2 weeks ago in a Scout with 8.50 tires

Runway is in good condition, but with minor washboarding in areas. The turn-arounds, parking areas and ungraded areas to the sides of the runway are very soft.


Cory Wolf
1 month ago in a C205 with 850s tires

We camped here for one night to explore Moonshine Wash. The strip is in very good shape. It’s firmed up but is still soft in the parking areas and anywhere off of the groomed portions. Some washboarding is starting to develop, but nothing too bad.


Gary Hilley
1 month ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Getting some use now. surface is in good shape.


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

More minor work done to runway and turnaround. At present time the runway is soft from spring time frost.


Gary Hilley
6 months ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Working on clearing a couple turn arounds and parking area here.


Mini Slot Canyon

Added by Gary Hilley 2 months 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 month 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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