Locomotive Springs | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

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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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.






Tony Stewart
2 months ago in a Rans S7S with 8.50 x 6 tires

Foliage on the strip is only a few inches tall, did a brief walkaround of the area and did not see any notable ruts or bumps. Performed touch and go's on both runways and conditions are soft yet firm all around.

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Roy Evans II

Thanks for the report Tony!

2 months ago
Brandon Thueson
6 months ago in a Cessna 150J with 6.00x6 tires

Over flew the airstrip and checked on condition (did not land). It appeared to be in good condition with some vegetation growing; wind sock appeared in okay condition. Vehicles were set up to the north east target shooting towards the airstrip.

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Kenneth Nimer
10 months ago in a Maule M5-235C with 8.50x6 tires

Slight bumps. Brush growing on runway generally less that 6” tall. No ruts.

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UBCP Travnicek
1 year ago in a Maule with 8.5 tires

Soft, level dirt. Landed runway 11. Windsock appeared to be wrapped around pole, or torn. Departed runway 17, which is just as good condition as 11. Runway 17 appears to be 2000-2400’ long.

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Allen Macbean
1 year ago in a C170 with 8.50x6 tires

The airstrips are getting a little overgrown, but it's fine for most mild backcounty airplanes. If we only had a drag out there still... We didn't feel the bumps much at all on 8.50's though. Winds from the North at around 10knts which kept the bugs to a minimum. There were a fair amount of birds in the area due to the springs, mostly ducks and pelicans.

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