Mexican Mountain | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Mexican Mountain

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4461 ft
Lat/Long 39.0188, -110.4504
39° 1.128' , -110° 27.024'
Runway 11/29 1900 ft x 40 ft
Dirt
Rwy 29 Uphill 0.3%
Ownership BLM WSA

Amenities

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Description: Mexican Mountain's runway is oriented west/east alongside the San Rafael River inside the Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area. Due to the sensitive nature of the location, pilots are requested to adhere to the UBCP's Code of Conduct to help us maintain our strong working agreements with the BLM. Reminder to all pilots this airstrip exists within a Wilderness Study Area. Motorized or wheeled conveyances are not to be used on the airstrip or surrounding areas.

Runway: 1900 ft long x 40 ft wide dirt runway in good condition. Slopes uphill slightly to the west. First 500' from the east is soft and has a "dark spot" that appears wet throughout the year.

Approach Considerations: Tall trees (30+ ft) on both sides of the runway present a hazard when landing to the east (downhill). Typically land to the west and depart to the east.

Amenities: Campgrounds and fire rings (please use already established camping\/parking areas and fire rings).

Windsock: Yes, located east of the runway.

Jack Holt
1 week ago in a C-180 with 31 tires

Dry in spite of rains in the area the day before. No ruts or anything bad.

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

First ~150ft of Rwy 29 appeared dark and potentially muddy on the fly-by. Landed long and walked said portion of the start of the runway, was nice and firm. No trash or litter noted, windsock looked great.

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1 month ago in a C185 with 800 tires

Camped at Mexican Mountain this last week. Removed a few bushes on runway edge near campground. Runway was in great condition.

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JAY TOWNSEND
4 months ago in a Rans S-21 with 8.50 22” tires

Runway was reasonably smooth, I landed early and in the shade of the cliffs but there were no surprises. Turnaround was nice and firm on the north end, parking area was soft for not an issue.

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Marc Lassaux
4 months ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires

As others have mentioned there are some pretty good sized divots/blown out areas in the center of the runway about 125ft or so from the western end. On take off headed east I stayed to the right of those with no issues. I will upload the pics I took but not sure if they will show it well. They are manageable.

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San Rafael Trail

Added by Tyler Gleave 10 months ago

An 18 mile loop featuring spectacular views of the Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA). You'll want a GPS and track to help navigate route finding, including locating down climbs that will be required.

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/utah/san-rafael-river

Sheriff Azariah Tuttle, Jr. Historical Marker

Added by Brent Rowser 10 months ago

Historical marker for Sheriff Azariah Tuttle, Jr. From the plaque: Azariah Tuttle, Jr., sheriff of Emery County, brought the law down on notorious Texan outlaw Joe Walker and other outlaws--the likes of Butch Casidy, Elza Lay, John Montis, and C.L. Gunplay Maxwell"

Mexican Mountain Petroglyphs

Added by Wendy Lessig 9 months ago

Several large rocks with petroglyphs are a short 5-min walk down the trail that begins at the airstrip windsock. Please do not touch or deface the petroglyphs so they can be preserved for future generations of pilots.

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