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.

William Lipscomb
3 days ago in a PA-18 with 31" tires

Everything looks good here.

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

Runway smooth and firm, far north end has some small diameter loose material. There's a shallow dip about 1/3 of the way down from the north end. Flying the canyon to the south is exciting but tight spaces, keep your wits about you if you take that approach or departure. Virtually zero wind on the morning I was there.


3 months ago in a Rans S-21 with 8.50 / 22” tires

Nice calm winds today, runway was nice and firm.


3 months ago in a Rans S-21 with 8.50 22” tires

What more can you say but ICONIC!!! I did the canyon approach and landed on 34, departed on 16 with a steep left 180 to depart to the north. Make sure you are comfortable in tight terrain otherwise depart out the canyon to the south. Runway was in excellent condition, smooth and firm. Not for the faint of heart, but if you are prepared it is a real adrenaline rush.


Kyle Stone
4 months ago in a Cessna R172K Hawk XP with 8.5 tires

Flew in to explore on Wednesday and the airstrip conditions are in great shape. Tough camping as there is no shade on the RWY but the area's down by the river that do offer some shade. We explored the Delta mine and I'd like to hike up to the Susan mine next trip. Here's a link to a video I put together of a trip earlier this spring: https://youtu.be/0KN3jltyfqQ

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