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.
Hard and dry. Had a great time exploring with kids and Grandpa.
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!
Hardpan is in great shape for this weekend’s fly-in!
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!
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.
Ibex Climbing AreaAdded 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