Hidden Splendor | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Hidden Splendor

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4819 ft
Lat/Long 38.5686, -110.9573
38° 34.116' , -110° 57.438'
Runway 17/35 1910 ft x 30 ft
Rwy 35 Uphill 1.6%
Ownership BLM


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Description: Hidden Splendor runway oriented north/south with 1000 ft. cliffs and the Muddy Creek skirting the west side. Airstrip is located on a small mesa with steep drop-offs very close to each end of the runway. Check NOTAMS for annual closure due to Native American activities. There is vehicle access to the airstrip, so watch out for cars, trucks, animals, and people.

Runway: 1910 ft long x 30 ft (average) wide hard surfaced dirt runway in good condition. Slopes to the north1.62%.

Approach Considerations: Pay attention to the downhill slope when when landing to the south, and use caution for canyon winds. When landing to the north the approach is through a relatively tight canyon, and should not be attempted with strong winds. Use caution for sinking air over the river when approaching from the south. Suggest flying above the canyon first to make sure you are comfortable with the approach between canyon walls. There are steep drops-offs on both ends of the runway. Can be soft when wet. Departing to the south is recommended despite the narrow canyon . The terrain to the north rises fairly quickly and gives the impression of poor climb rates, and could be a problem on hot summer afternoons.

Amenities: Primitive camping areas are available in several locations around the airstrip. Space is available west of the approach end of the runway 34, as well as on the west end of the road that crosses close to the middle of the runway, and east of the runway on that same road. Interesting hikes up and down the river to explore old mining facilities.

Windsock: Yes.

Nicholas Maughan
6 days ago in a RANS S-20 with 6.00X6 MAINS AND 5X6.00 NOSE WHEEL tires

The runway and windsock are looking great, no issues anywhere on the runway. Camping looks nice too. Met up with a fellow flyer and saw some campers leave in an SUV (and they left their fire smoking). Beautiful airstrip this was my 3rd visit and I'll be back for more in the future.

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Cory Wolf
1 week ago in a C205 with 850 tires

The strip is in excellent shape. If you’re coming to hike the Chute, bring wadders. I was surprised at how much water was coming down the river, even this time of year. 5 other planes came in while we were there. Great to visit with some fellow backcountry pilots.


Adam Rosenberg
1 month ago in a Piper PA29-180 with 6.00-6 tires

I haven't been in here in a while, but the last guy who said it was as good as paved wasn't kidding. (It didn't hurt that there was no wind that afternoon.)


Santiago Rosell
2 months ago in a C182 with 6.00x6 tires

Great Condition airstrip was perfectly suitable for my baby tires. It might as well of been paved.


Tony Stewart
2 months ago in a Rans S7S with 8.50 x 6 tires

Airstrip is in excellent condition, some vehicle activity camping in the area. A film crew made a crude structure, then proceeded to burn it down and left it and lots of trash on the south end of the airstrip. BLM is aware of the situation and the guilty party at this time - hence the "needs major work" condition report. [ UBCP Admin Note: The BLM has concluded their investigation and welcomes any help in cleaning up the airstrip, however they have made arrangements to not only clean up the disturbances but to return the land back to its natural state. Thanks for your reports and help in the matter. -Roy. ]


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