Happy Canyon | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Happy Canyon

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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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Information updated March 8, 2023 @ 11:00am

Description: Strongly suggest obtaining local knowledge prior to landing for the first time. Landing strip currently leased to Utah Back Country Pilots for non-commercial use only. 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.

Ron Freier visited 4 months ago in a Rans S20 with 20 tires

Runway still dry and in good shape. Windsock looks good!

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Cory Wolf visited 5 months ago in a C205 with 850s tires

The strip is in great shape. Beautiful as ever. Parking areas are in great shape and firm. I didn't take a good look at the windsock to see if it needs to be replaced.

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Adam Rosenberg visited 6 months ago in a PA28-180 with 6x600 tires

This airstrip was in great condition for my Piper Cherokee with small tires.

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Matthew Kalm visited 6 months ago in a RANS S-20 Raven with 26” tires

Landed rwy 9. Has the dip just a little past mid runway. Otherwise runway condition was dry. Parking area good.

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Craig Gustafson visited 7 months ago in a Carbon Cub EX with 31" tires

Happy Cyn. is one of the coolest backcountry strips around, and it even has a crosswind runway you could use if needed. Very cool old miner's shack still standing, stocked with a case of bottled water, charcoal, a grill, and a few quarts of common airplane oil. Would be an epic place to camp out and watch the stars!

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