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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

Kyle Stone visited 4 months ago in a Glasair Sportsman (Trike) with 8.50 tires

Landed west bound, departed east bound. Rwy in nice condition with firm turn around area west end of rwy. Hiked to The Cone to explore the area.

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Paul Barry visited 7 months ago in a Maule M-5 with 26" tires

I landed here to do the slot canyon off to the north east. The runway is good, slightly soft in places. The edges are soft and so are the turn around spots. Great views in all directions and good access to hikes and canyons in the area.

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William Lipscomb visited 9 months ago in a Pa-18 with 31” tires

In good shape

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Gary Hilley visited 10 months ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

All good here, some growth we'll tackle this fall

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Marc Lassaux visited 1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 21 tires

In good shape. Some taller weeds in the turnaround areas at the ends of runway and mid-field.

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Mini Slot Canyon

Added by Gary Hilley 3 years 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 3 years 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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