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
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 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.

Lee Trotter
2 years ago in a ACA Scout with 31 ABW tires

Runway width about 20ft (wheel area) with shrubs cleared a good 50+ ft. (wing area). Landed E to W (nicer approach). Departed W to E (lower trees/terrane). Cows seem to visit often...they leave their mark. Overall nice strip and great place to camp. Easier stream access just east of the east end of the runway. Bring bug spray and hiking boots. Had to pick up trash left behind (I always bring a large trash bag-some just have trouble packing their junk out). Beautiful scenery, enjoyed our visit.

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Josh Kelson
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Airstrip still in great shape. Lots of visitors today, nice to meet new people. 11 planes on the ground from various groups. Noticed a few other fire ring campsites that could use some ashes being scattered or buried. A project for the next time.

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Michael Mayra
2 years ago in a Maule with 31 tires

No surprises, just good times!

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Dick Stone
2 years ago in a C185 with 8.50 tires

Runway in good condition although there is a low/soft spot developing near west end. Could potentially be a wet/muddy spot after a significant rain event. The entire area is being devastated by Tent Caterpillars. They were even floating down the river by the thousands... We had to move our tent to out in the open, away from being under any trees. Don’t bother bringing a hammock !!

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Josh Kelson
2 years ago in a PA-18 with 31 tires

Firm runway and in great condition. Cattle have been everywhere putting some prints in. Caterpillars not out yet. Some cattle approached runway during morning flight out but were scared off. Repaired the fire ring and buried ashes.

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