Happy Canyon | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Happy Canyon

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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)



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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.

Regan Richmond
2 months ago in a C-185 with 8.00 tires

Cool strip, landed east took off west. Plenty of runway with calm winds on a warm July morning.

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William Lipscomb
7 months ago in a PA-18 with 31” tires

Ready to Go…

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Marc Lassaux
9 months ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires

Amazing area. Runway in good shape. A few bumps/mounds and landing uphill to the east, but all are just part of this runway. As others have described with the bumps the takeoff to the west can be "sporty" but just be aware. There are some interesting inscriptions in the rocks to the east on the hillside from the late 1800s and early 1900s and later. See pics. Can't wait to go back and explore more.

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Alina Pringle
1 year 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.

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1 year 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.

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Historic Mining Camp

Added by Wendy Lessig 1 year 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.

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