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.






Josh Kelson
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Runway is still in great condition. No bugs today at all! Picked up a bit of trash and took it home.

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Josh Kelson
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Light growth. Was mowed by the UBCP a month ago and the runways are hard packed and great! Arrow is shedding paint, planning on heading back to paint in a few weeks with UBCP permission.

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Lee Trotter
2 years ago in a ACA Scout with 31 ABW tires

Some light growth but not an issue. Both strips are good.

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Josh Kelson
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Runways where hard packed and in good shape. I was surprised by how much growth there is. There was a fire pit right in the middle of the parking area which I removed. Could use a mower or spray to kill the growth out there.

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Nicholas Maughan
2 years ago in a RANS S-20 with 6.00X6 Mains and 5X6.00 Nose Wheel tires

My first dirt strip. It was smoother than I expected, the surface is a little soft and rutted on the approach end of runway 11. The north south runway gets less use and has more low height vegetation growing on it, but looks very usable.

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