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 2065 ft x 50 ft
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. First several hundred feet of west end not usable due to large rocks and bumps. Touch down point may be difficult to determine by the first time visitor. Threshold markers should be present.

Additional runway 18/36: 1290 feet long x 50 feet wide mostly overgrown and unusable. 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.

Donald Julius
3 months ago in a PA-14 Sportsman with 8.00 x 6 tires

Very scenic and beautiful landscape. My tires were just too small for how rough this strip is. There are large rocks protruding from the ground on the airstrip. I would suggest 850’s or larger to not beat up your airframe during your ground role. I plan to return and explore once I get larger tires.


Roy Evans II
4 months ago in a PA11 with 800x6 tires

Runway could use some minor work (a few bumps here and there, just a few weeds...not too bad). Crosswind runway could use some major work. Will add to our spring airstrip cleanup schedule.


Karen Larson
4 months ago in a Super Cub with 31” tires

Got the windsock back up!


Tom Herbert
8 months ago in a C-140 with 6.50 tires

Runway in good condition. Area looked pretty clean. The lizards were great company for breakfast.


Michael Mayra
9 months ago in a Maule with 31 tires

The cones are still there on the approach for rwy 9. Great visual for threshold on short final. Rwy is in good condition with a couple nice spots to pull out of the way.


Historic Mining Camp

Added by Wendy Lessig 1 month 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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