Ibex / Tule Valley Hardpan | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

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
Ownership BLM


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Information updated April 22, 2019 @ 5:27pm

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.

Neil Amonson
1 week ago in a C182 with 850 x 10 tires

95% of the lake bed is flooded and covered in ice/mud/snow. A couple small spots to put a plane down on the edges. The dry spots were firm but anything dark or wet is sticky mud.

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Matthew Kalm
3 months ago in a RANS S-20 Raven with 26” tires

A lot of standing water around the area and around the island. A nice little area just in front of the island is dry and solid. Out side of that is hard but starting to get soft and tacky mud.

0 Likes , 0 Comments

Josh Kelson
3 months ago in a C206

Windsock is back up! Took a quick trip to set it up. Hopefully it doesn’t get stolen or broken. I will be back down there early November to check on it.

4 Likes , 0 Comments

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

There was more water than I've seen there before. Much of the lakebed looked wet. I inspected with several fly overs and rolling of tires, as well as watching the motorcycles in the area. Landing in the recommended location just southwest of the island, the ground was firm. After getting out I walked miles of the lakebed and found most of it to be firm. I would steer clear of any standing water, staying well away from it. I walked right up to the waters edge and while the ground was still firm right up until the waterline, there was noticeable tackiness and mud 30-50 feet before the water (likely from receding water). As always, use caution. I recommend a pass or two just to double check as we may get more rains soon.

5 Likes , 1 Comment

Josh Kelson

I will be replacing the windsock in the coming weeks.

3 months ago
Mark Scott
3 months ago in a Bearhawk with 8.5 x 6 tires

Several large water spots North of the island. Lots of good hardpan SE of the island. Windsock seems to be missing.

3 Likes , 0 Comments

Ibex Climbing Area

Added by Brent Rowser 2 years 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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