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

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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.

Bryan Stewart
6 days ago in a Cessna 182H with 26" mains 8.5" nose tires

Spent the weekend here and landed twice. The runway was in plenty of good condition for two 182s. The campsite was great, some weeds have grown up but we cleared em out easily enough. Great spot and the recent rain made the east end an even better turn-around than it has been in years past. Kinda buried some of the rocks and made a nice packed sand area one could do a run-up in with a nose dragger without worry lol.

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

Definitely some weeds growing on the Runway and Parking area. Strip is in good condition, no problem for my medium sized tires, camped overnight, the stars were amazing.

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Gary Hilley
4 weeks ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Fixed the sinkhole, it was about 5ft deep, so pretty substantial. I wasn't able to get the bolt out of the Windsock pole. Need a big hammer for that.

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Neil Amonson

Nice job!!

3 weeks ago
Nicholas Maughan

I was there over Labor day weekend and couldn't find the sinkhole, now I know why ;)

2 weeks ago
Drew Bowles
1 month ago in a Experimental PA-14 with 29” Airstreaks tires

Runway needs some weeding and that sinkhole that Neil reported in the previous report is still there. That sinkhole seems stable. I stood on the edge and it didn’t collapse under my girth, however I wouldn’t trust it with the weight of a plane. The dark spots that look wet are somewhat damp but are hard packed. They were baked to the point of cracking and peeling. I’ve included pictures of them to give context to those that may be nervous about them.

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Neil Amonson
1 month ago in a C180 with 850 tires

Small sinkhole on north end near turn around. Deeper then I could see the bottom of. Estimated 4-5 feet in depth, 10-12” wide.

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Gary Hilley

Thanks,

1 month ago
Brian Bell

Thanks Neil!

4 weeks ago

San Rafael Trail

Added by Tyler Gleave 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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