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Ibex / Tule Valley Hardpan

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4748 ft
Lat/Long 38.9834, -113.3666
38° 59.004' , -113° 21.996'
Runway All 10000 ft x 3000 ft
Hardpan
Ownership BLM

Weather

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Description: The Tule Valley Hardpan (aka Ibex) is a large dry lake bed just west of Sevier Dry Lake. Ibex is one of the three back country airstrips included in the State's "FLY UTAH Passport Program". To learn more, head to their website.

The Ibex Hardpan Briefing guide is available here.

Runway: Generally pilots land north/south on the area south of the island that rises about 200 feet above the hardpan.

Approach Considerations: Rapidly rising terrain west of the landing surface.

Amenities: None

Windsock: Yes, located atop the island.

Josh Kelson
5 days ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

IBEX is great, no standing water. Pulled the windsock down and took home for repair as the sock frame broke. Will repair and fly back out there to stand it back up. Was out there for the UBCP fly-in. Great event! Thanks for all those that out it on and Tyler for driving a grill down!

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Tyler Gleave

Great turnout - it was nice to see everyone again.

3 days ago
Roy Evans II
6 days ago in a PA-11 with 8.00x6 tires

Hardpan is in great shape for this weekend’s fly-in!

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Charles McNall

did you see a windsock? i couldn't find it 2 weeks ago.

6 days ago
Tyler Gleave

@Charles - my understanding is that the connection between the windsock frame and pole broke. Josh/Roy/Steve are working on getting it fixed.

4 days ago
Charles McNall
2 weeks ago in a C150m with 5 tires

Circled around the Island and could not find a wind sock. Rock hard smooth lakebed. Look out for occasional large rocks in the shape of small rocks. Hammered in some anchors so the plane wouldn't blow away while rock climbing for a few hours. Awesome trip and the Delta FBO was a great stop. Microwaved a corndog from the fridge!

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Charles McNall

Also had cell reception with google fi somehow. but I would not count on it.

6 days ago
Daniel Gidasi
5 months ago in a RV-8 with 5x5.00 tires

First time landing here today. Such an awesome place. Very quiet and desolate. A good spot for some solitude. The windsock is in good shape. Has a small tear and faded but it's standing and functional. It can use some extra zip ties for the upper eye loops. It was helpful. Very light winds out of the south. I landed southwest along the southern shore of the island. That spot is by far the smoothest. It was better than many runways I've landed on. No problem at all for my tiny tires and even smaller tailwheel. Walked around a bit. Though the ponds are full of water, the lakebed is hard and dry. The ponds were just starting to freeze. Fresh water! Not salty. Other spots would be suitable for landing as well, though ever so slightly more bumpy with the alligator cracking on the lakebed. There's a very small yet still very saddening amount of trash around. Wish I had brought a trash bag. Walked around a bit and filled a re-purposed gallon zip lock. Lots of tent stakes, plastic, receipts, batteries, wrappers, and beer cans. Look at the base of the bushes and bring gloves.

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

Lot's of wet spots and pooling water towards the south end of the hardpan. Landed the west side of the island with no issues, more than enough dry surface that's hard as a rock to land on. Windsock pole was a bit cockeyed and was unable to rotate freely, so my friend and I climbed up and leveled out the rock base to set the windsock pole upright, noted a hole in the sock but it's functional now that it's not getting stuck the low point of it's previous rotation. Found a good trash score as well. All looks like very old fabric with the exception of an AAA battery in a fire ring. Also, be advised that Clover Control is unreachable below 8,500ft. Attempted to establish comms several times just north of KDTA before entering the MOA, same on the climb out for the return flight back East over the Sevier lakebed, so keep your head on a swivel.

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Ibex Climbing Area

Added by Brent Rowser 1 year ago

This is mostly a bouldering area with a few mixed gear, trad and sport routes. This place is epically eerie and seated at the end of a dry desert lake out in the middle of the desert in southern Utah. The boulders are monstrous red quartzite behemoths and since it all sits next to a dead lake it magnifies the feeling of how beautifully desolate and remote this area is. Besides the dead lake the rocks themselves give you an eerie feeling. Some of them are even hollow, completely solid, but they still ring like a bass drum when you bang on them. This is a five star bouldering area if you like to go high. https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105916340/ibex

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