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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.

William Lipscomb
3 days 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
4 months ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

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


Preston Rich
4 months ago in a Skywagon 180 with 850 tires

The far west end is the smoothest. It's further down then you would expect from looking at Google earth. A Cub could land in the wheel tracks anywhere along the way. We're about a foot wider than the road and the brush creates some difficulty when taxiing. Semi soft ground. You may want to turn the plane by hand rather than power around as the rocks could very easily come loose in the prop wash. Tie downs go in the first 4 inches easy and then you hit some very hard soil. No camping spot to speak of- We just set up in between some bushes. The slot canyons are short and Very narrow. Amazing sunsets and stars.


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

Still fairly short usable area on the west side, but it is getting better with more use.


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

There is about 500ft usable on the Western part of the runway.


Mini Slot Canyon

Added by Gary Hilley 3 days 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

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