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.

Eduardo Gueiros
2 months ago in a Rans S-20

Nice and dry!

4 Likes , 1 Comment

Dick Stone

Would this be a good strip to camp on and hike?

2 months ago
Casey Froerer
3 months ago in a Kitfox SS7 with 8.50 tires

Smooth and dry even after this weeks rain; no issues.

3 Likes , 0 Comments

Scott Beeson
7 months ago in a C210 with 600x6 tires

Super smooth on northern half of lakebed. Very little dust. Totally dry. No problem for tires of any size with or without wheel pants. Southern half of lakebed has somewhat larger cracks but still relatively smooth.

6 Likes , 1 Comment

Josh Kelson

Was there a windsock?

6 months ago
Cody Dobson
7 months ago in a C172 with 8.50’s tires

The entire lakebed is dry but has larger cracks than I’ve seen other years. I’ve include a picture to illustrate. Several tricycle geared planes landed without issue including a Cessna 210.

2 Likes , 0 Comments

Todd Ison
8 months ago in a RANS S-7S with 29 tires

The general landing area, and parking area is all dry. Some small areas on the outskirts had standing water, some areas were darker in color, but actually looked mostly dry. But there is plenty of room to land, taxi, and park around the island etc. Ground is extremely firm in those areas. (Listed N/A on windsock, don't recall seeing it, but also didn't look for it, wind was obvious/strong out of the south.)

3 Likes , 1 Comment

Josh Kelson

hopefully the windsock is still there. I put one up about 8 months ago but haven't been back to check. it's on the top of the island.

8 months ago

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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