Happy Canyon | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Happy Canyon

Write an Airstrip Report

Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4941 ft
Lat/Long 38.1569, -110.2916
38° 9.414' , -110° 17.496'
Runway 09/27 1385 ft x 50 ft
Rwy 9 Uphill 1.4%
Ownership SITLA (State School Lands)



See more at the National Weather Center

Description: Strongly suggest obtaining local knowledge prior to landing for the first time. Landing strip currently leased to Utah Back Country Pilots. UBCP requests no man-made artifacts (drill bits, tools, etc.) be removed. Emergency water and runway grading tools in shack.

Runways: RWY 9 is uphill 1.38% and has displaced threshold due to overgrown brush. East end 50 feet higher. Touch down point may be difficult to determine by the first time visitor. Threshold markers should be present.

Additional runway 18/36: 845 feet long x 50 feet wide, very soft dirt. Slightly uphill to the north.

Approach Considerations: Unfamiliar pilots should positively identify the touchdown zone as the runway appears to be longer than it is. Recommend land east, depart west.

Amenities: Parking areas are at east end and very soft.

Windsock: Wind sock west of miner's shack.

Alina Pringle
1 month ago in a RANS S-20 Raven with 26” tires

Some minor ruts in runway. Good for future project. Windsock is in the cabin. Didn’t have tools with me to put back up. Bring zip ties with you next time you head there.


4 months ago in a Rans S-21 with 8.50 22” tires

Run was bumpy and tried to launch me a bit on my takeoff run using 27, sporty but not a problem if you expect it. Some really nice petrified wood, I did bring home a cool piece.


Brent Rowser
5 months ago in a C185 with 850 tires

Airstrip and camping areas are in great shape. Measured runways to update website with correct lengths. Rwy 09-27 is 1385’ (to the cones). Runway is soft but in great condition. Threshold cones are faded and nearly impossible to see on approach but the cleared area (which begins at the cones) is very distinct. Rwy 18-36 is 845’ (cleared area). Runway appears to have been recently cleared and is in good/usable condition but quite soft.


Dillan Stoor
6 months ago in a Zenith 801 with 800x6 tires

I am sure there will be several reports from the clean up today but I was easily able to navigate the main runway on my small tires and now both runways should be usable with caution. Several rocky areas near the intersection of the runways, great stop! Sorry lens was dirty.


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

Yeah... It's that nice here.


Historic Mining Camp

Added by Wendy Lessig 9 months ago

There is a historic mining shack at the Happy Canyon airstrip. It contains numerous historic relics, petrified wood, and paraphernalia from early in the last century, almost like a private museum for pilots to enjoy. There is also a cache of emergency supplies and tools for pilots to use and replenish. Use caution in and around the shack, as it is old and structurally frail. Please do not remove any of the historic relics and leave them for the next pilot to enjoy. Great airstrip for camping & stargazing.

Make your Flight Plan at SkyVector.com