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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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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.

1 month 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
2 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.


Bjorn Eriksen
2 months ago in a C-185 with 26 AK Bush tires

We had a great afternoon spent at Mex MT. The strip is in good shape, nothing abnormal to report. Turned around at the midfield pullout and parked at the west end, both areas didn't seem excessively soft as some previous reports suggest. The damp depression towards the east end seems to be completely dry now. It's a good time of the year to cool off by the river as there is still some water flowing.


Kyle Stone
2 months ago in a Cessna R172K Hawk XP with 8.5 tires

Flew in on Tuesday for a night of camping and exploring. Hiked to Delicate arch and it was great! Also hiked to the drill hole. Next visit I'm going to hike up Mexican Bend to Swasey's Leap and explore the slot canyon. Kelsey (2014) Hiking & Exploring Utah's San Rafael Swell (4th edition) has some pretty good beta on the area around this airstrip and supplements Galen's 'Fly Utah' book, The only caution I would offer is there was a herd of cows w/ calves that visited us in the evening at camp and there were all over the runway. They moved on as the sun set.


Nicholas Maughan
3 months ago in a RANS S-20 with 6.00X6 MAINS AND 5X6.00 NOSE WHEEL tires

West end of runway has a few big divots about 50 feet in, east end very soft, some very soft dirt on the north edge of the runway about midfield. Beautiful day to be at Mexican Mountain. Windsock looks great.


San Rafael Trail

Added by Tyler Gleave 7 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.

Sheriff Azariah Tuttle, Jr. Historical Marker

Added by Brent Rowser 7 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 6 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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