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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
Dirt
Rwy 27 Uphill 0.3%
Ownership BLM

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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

Paul Barry
2 weeks 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
8 months 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
9 months 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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WPTfzEVHbXSCfejaA

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

As others have said there are some washboards on the runway but they are tolerable. They looked worse from the air than they were when I got on the ground. Good areas to turn around that were a little soft, but not too bad.

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JAY TOWNSEND
1 year ago in a Rans S-21 with 8.50 22” tires

Runway is bumpy at best but nothing beyond annoying. The turnaround at the east end is SUPER soft and my tire was just pushing straight through the soft sand and not turning. Be careful not to get stuck if you have small tires.

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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

https://www.math.utah.edu/~sfolias/minislot/canyons/?i=gruvers

Hiking/Canyoneering

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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