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.

Bruce Dunlop
1 week ago in a Murphy Rebel with 26 tires

Cows were gone for 2 weeks prior. Lots of evidence of cows camping in the area. Otherwise lovely spot.

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Pere Davison
1 month ago in a C206 with 8.50 tires

Landed west. I avoided first 300 + feet. After walking it I believe it would not be a problem for larger tires and soft field technique. I parked at west end and pushed back off runway. Overall good airstrip. Cattle were in the area. Before takeoff I took my dog and walked all way from west to east end to make sure no cattle were near runway.

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

Went down and worked on the runway smoothing out some of the soft ruts. Hoping a good rain will firm things up. Still a bit on the east end left to do.

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Josh Kelson
3 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Went down to try and fill the holes on the west end of the runway. Got a little done. Could use a quick work party if 5-10 people to fill those better and smooth out a few other sections. East end soft as others have mentioned for smaller tires.

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Aaron Winkelstein
3 months ago in a Cessna 172 with 600x6 Main, 500x5 Nose tires

Runway was in good shape a little soft for my wheels but dry and relatively smooth. There are 2 relatively large divots in the west end of the runway that should be avoided.

2 Likes , 0 Comments


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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