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
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.

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

Great as always! One of the signs (the one on the west end of the road) is missing. Not sure if we should replaced it or not as the sign on the east side is in good condition.


Tom Herbert
5 months ago in a C-172 with 6.50 tires

The strip was pretty soft and required multiple taxi passes to pack it down to get rotation speed for a standard C172 with clump prop.


Josh Kelson
9 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Went down with the UBCP work crew. Took out some growing vegetation on the runway, leveled a few spots and channeled runoff further away from the runway. Airstrip is in great shape. What an approach! Use caution and check the winds. Read the above and definitely overfly to evaluate the approach if you’ve never been.


Russell Obrien
10 months ago in a C170B

Strip is in excellent condition.


Cory Wolf
1 year ago in a C205 with 850s tires

We flew down here today to replace the wind sock that was all but completely gone. There was surprising amount of snow in the area but the strip was clear and dry. It was a bit soft as is normal this time of year, especially with recent moisture on it. Still dry enough to kick dust up when landing and taking off. In a few weeks I'm sure it will be firming up. We replaced the wind sock. FYI, if you need to replace the sock, you'll need a large crescent wrench as well as some channel locks and a rope to manage the cantilever design of the pole. It's a large bolt...probably 1.5".


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