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Locomotive Springs

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4232 ft
Lat/Long 41.7074, -112.9192
41° 42.444' , -112° 55.152'
Runway 11/29 2716 ft x 43 ft
Ownership UDWR



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Information updated May 18, 2021 @ 6:53pm

Description: A historic airstrip on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. The UBCP, and in large part board member Cory Wolf, worked with local representatives to accomplish quite a historic event...the re-opening of a transcontinental airmail route airport - Locomotive Springs. Locomotive Springs was used as a transitionary stop between Salt Lake and Idaho but when range of aircraft began improving, it quickly fell by the wayside. The UBCP has restored the two dirt airstrips, along with the directional concrete arrow, put up a windsock, and is looking forward to additional future improvements. As always, pilots are requested to adhere to the UBCP's Code of Conduct to help us maintain our strong working agreements with the BLM.

Runways: 2,716' long x 43' wide runway running east/west (11/29). Mostly compacted dirt with 1 foot tall berm on all sides. Second Runway 1,884' x 50' running north/south (18/36).

Approach Considerations: Sign placed on approach end of runway 11 approximately 3 feet tall right next to cattle fence. Old brick chimney located north of final approach path for Runway 11 approximately 600' west northwest of the approach end approximately 15 feet tall. Please be courteous of fishermen near the springs on final approach for Runway 11.

Amenities: None.

Windsock: Yes, located between the runways halfway down the east/west runway, surrounded by a white compass rose.






Cory Wolf
4 months ago in a C205 with 850 tires

The runways are a little bumpy. Could use a dragging…wish whoever stole it would return it. Some vegetation growing but not too bad. Sock is a bit faded. Could be replaced.

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Lynn Alley
8 months ago in a Stinson 108-3 with 850x6 tires

Runways were generally in good condition, fairly firm base with about a one inch layer of powdery dirt on top. There are, however, some nasty woody plants with long spikes that could present a puncture hazard. These seem to be mostly at the runway ends, especially the west end of the long runway. There are also scattered soft weeds growing on both runways that don't present serious difficulties. The previously reported gnats are gone. Info from Antelope Island State Park says these are biting midges that appear in the Spring, and can leave painful welts. They die after three consecutive days of 90 degree-plus highs. Morning temps were very nice, but heated up rapidly starting about 11.

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Bret Kobe
8 months ago in a Cessna 170B with 8.50 tires

Watch for thorns, ended up with a flat tailwheel and main after landing back home. Will be heading back here I. A week to find the bushes and remove them.

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Charles McNall
9 months ago in a C150m with 6x6 - 5x5 tires

Landed on the short runway and took of on 11/29. Found the Concrete arrow. pretty neat. runway was a breakable crust, soft for 1/2 inch but firm underneath.

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Brandon Thueson

Charles, I’ve been going to take my 150 and land there. You have inspired me to make it happen!

9 months ago
Wendy Lessig
9 months ago in a Piper PA-12 (supercub) with 31” bushwheels tires

Low, soft weeds are beginning to grow in the packed dirt on both runways, but do not interfere with takeoff/landing roll. Gnats were pesky.

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Locomotive Springs U.S. Airmail Airway Arrow

Added by Wendy Lessig 2 years ago

The Locomotive Springs U.S. Airmail Airway Arrow is adjacent to the airstrip on the north side, near the junction of the two runways


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