38° 59.004' , -113° 21.996'
x 3000 ft
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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.
Windsock: Yes, located atop the island.
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.
The majority of the lakebed was dry with the exception of a few small pools here and there. Someone has made a small rock structure at the south end of the lake and there were quite a few ATV’s. A low pass should be accomplished before landing. There is a wind sock and a flag on top of the rock formation in the center of the lake that provides good reference on which direction to land.
Ibex Climbing AreaAdded by Brent Rowser 10 months 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