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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
Rwy 29 Uphill 0.3%
Ownership BLM WSA



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Information updated November 18, 2022 @ 1:27pm

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 more soft than the rest of the runway 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. Tall trees alongside the runway as well.

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

Windsock: Yes, located east of the runway.

sam chambers
1 month ago in a C180 with 29 tires

2” of snow. Cattle around airstrip.

6 Likes , 0 Comments

Steve Morrison
2 months ago in a Aviat Husky with 31 tires

Runway dry and in good condition. A little dusty today. Temperature in the high 40’s. Perfect.

5 Likes , 0 Comments

Roy Evans II
2 months ago in a PA11 with 8.00x6 tires

With the light rains that occurred recently in the southern part of the state, it appeared muddy approximately 48 hours after the rain had stopped. Another 24 hours later and it was fine. Would estimate wet precipitation in light amounts around the area to take at least 3 days to dry out provided the canyon gets as much sunshine as possible with clear skies.

2 Likes , 0 Comments

Cory Wolf
3 months ago in a C205 with 850 tires

The strip is drying out nicely after the recent rains. Dark spots on the runway still but they are firm and dry enough that no tracks are left through them. The parking area south of the windsock had one small area that was still a bit tacky. The cottonwoods are just starting to turn. Another week or so and it should be really pretty. Some growth on the east end. Probably time to get a work party in there and knock out some of those bushes and weeds.

4 Likes , 2 Comments

Josh Kelson

I'm down to knock out some weeds and bushes!

3 months ago
Roy Evans II

Thanks for the report! At our Fall Fly-in, we'll add Mexican Mountain to the clean-up list for people to head to on Saturday after breakfast.

3 months ago
Dick Stone
3 months ago in a C185 with 8.50 tires

Filled in depression with a mixture of dirt, gravel, and campfire ash I removed from a huge fire pit that I cleaned up. Hoped this would all congeal together to solidly fill in the big sink spot.

0 Likes , 0 Comments

San Rafael Trail

Added by Tyler Gleave 2 years 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.

Sheriff Azariah Tuttle, Jr. Historical Marker

Added by Brent Rowser 2 years 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 2 years 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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