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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Information updated November 18, 2022 @ 1:32pm

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.  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 north 1.62%.

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.

Russell Robinson
3 weeks ago in a H130 with NA tires

Gorgeous airstrip and lives up to its name! Cool miners cabin just south of the strip. Looking forward to catching the Muddy Creek after a big rain for some epic pack rafting from this spot.

2 Likes , 1 Comment

Cory Wolf

I really want to float that section. I've got a line on a way to logistically get dropped on the north end. Maybe we could work together to make it happen!

1 week ago
Bryan Stewart
4 months ago in a Cessna 182H with 26" mains 8.5" nose tires

All good. What a delightful approach! The runways were in great condition, everything was aye-okay.

2 Likes , 0 Comments

Nicholas Maughan
4 months ago in a RANS S-20 with 6.00X6 MAINS AND 5x6.00 NOSE WHEEL tires

I don't think I'll ever tire of flying into Hidden Splendor, such a fun approach/departure, everything is looking good as far as the Runway/Parking/Camping/Windsock. Hiked down to the Mine/Structures down stream, a bit warm for Labor day but still very enjoyable.

2 Likes , 0 Comments

Matthew Kalm
5 months ago in a RANS S-7S with 26 tires

Runway is in great condition. Nice and firm and clear of weeds or major rocks. pretty quiet this morning into there.

2 Likes , 0 Comments

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

What a great airstrip, surface was firm and smooth, windsock in great condition, parking and camping area looked great, my buddy brought some camera gear and shot some great footage. https://youtu.be/WEBWmR1S07I

2 Likes , 1 Comment

Paul Barry

great video and stills footage!

8 months ago
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