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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.






Bret Kobe checked in 2 weeks ago

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Bret Kobe

Run way is in great shape, there are a few soft areas that are developing as the terrain dries out, wouldn't land with 5-6 inch tires at this time.

2 weeks ago
Wendy Lessig visited 1 month ago in a Cessna 172 with 8.00 tires

The airstrip surface was fine for tricycle Cessna gear. The sagebrush has not grown back yet after the airstrip having been dragged in March 2024. The swarm of mosquitoes was VICIOUS, especially over by the airway arrow. Couldn’t stay long enough to snap a photo due to swatting the blood-thirsty mosquitoes.

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Mike Bay visited 8 months ago in a Cessna 175 with 8.5"x6" tires

Windsock has been zip-tied already and is in fine working order. Runway is dry and relatively hard, with minor bumps from weed clumps. Yellow paint on the arrow is quite faded now. This would be an excellent spot for a work party to keep our aviation history with this strip alive.

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Roy Evans II

Thanks for the idea! We'll be turning it into a work party this spring!

8 months ago
Casey Froerer visited 10 months ago in a Kitfox SS7 with 8.50 tires

Windsock has come off the wire ring. I tried to fix it but didn't have any zip-ties with me. If anyone is heading out bring a pack of zip-ties, otherwise I'll remember to bring some my next flight out to Locomotive.

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Kenneth Nimer visited 1 year ago in a Maule M5-235C with 8.50-6 tires

Sage brush is getting a little tall at the ends. Still plenty of land-able space. Landed long runway, took off short.

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Locomotive Springs U.S. Airmail Airway Arrow

Added by Wendy Lessig 3 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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