Gruver's Mesa | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

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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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

Cory Wolf
9 months 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
10 months ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Getting some use now. surface is in good shape.


William Lipscomb
10 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
1 year ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

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


Preston Rich
1 year 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.


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