38° 31.758' , -109° 59.676'
x 25 ft
Rwy 33 Uphill 0.7%
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Information updated November 27, 2022 @ 9:17am
Description: Mineral Canyon's airstrip resides in the Green River canyon just south of the Bowknot Bend. River has a tendency to flood during the summer, so a thorough review of the airstrip prior to landing is imperative. Mineral Canyon is one of the three back country airstrips included in the State's "FLY UTAH Passport Program". To learn more, head to their website.
Runway: 2000 ft long x 40 ft wide dirt runway in generally good condition, however can be quite soft due to its propensity to flood.
Approach Considerations: Airstrip resides inside a canyon with rapidly rising terrain within 1000 feet of the airstrip rising over 1000 feet above the landing surface. Base jumping and other low-level aircraft operating around and near the airstrip. Please monitor CTAF and make position reports regularly.
Airstrip is great: the first section of Rwy 29 looked a little suspect (per usual) but upon walking inspection is fine, but has a few minor cow hoove prints in it. Middle camping spot had a ton of red (assume fire) ants. Water in creek is high and flowing. Tons of blooming foliage.
Windsock was a bit hard to decipher form the air: looked like alot of orange (paint?) on the ground around it making it hard to see direction from the air. The first 300-350' for Rwy 33 has growth un the runway. opted to land past it and inspect on the ground. Most of the surface in the grass area is nice but there is a decent sized hole on the far right side est 200' from threshold that needs to be avoided. Unfortunately left my shovel at camp so couldn't fill it in. Rest of airstrip soft sand and in good condition. Parking area is hard pan, cracked dirt from a previous water event. no issues taxiing on it.
Mineral was quite soft, with some spots that are really soft. Still, doable with larger tires. I had 4 deer run across the runway on landing, with another 2-3 running along the runway in the trees. Luckily between the slow landing speed and soft runway, the deceleration was quick and I didn’t have venison for dinner. The deer were 30 yards from the planes n the tie down area when we woke up the next morning. Numerous cattle on the strip too. One car drove the length of the strip while we were there despite the signs. A cowboy came through in the morning. They may have been collecting their herd.
Big thanks to Gary Hilley for working on the parking area...it is fantastic! The majority of the runway is still very soft. From the downstream end where the road meets the runway, to about 150 feet before the first parking turnout, it is soft sand/dirt. The far down stream end is firm, but also has some sinkholes on the right side (looking upstream). After you pass the second parking turnout going upstream, it again becomes very soft...almost moon dust in some locations, and is more like a beach than a runway. The upstream area near the windsock there is a VERY large rut, and the dirt is sandy and soft. Could cause a lot of directional problems. I would exercise extreme caution for anything but large tires/bushwheels. There are firm spots, but they are 200-300 feet and in between large soft/sandy sections. Lots of pictures included.
Filled in the drainage rut. The majority of the runway, especially upstream of the parking area is very soft. I would be very cautious to take anything in there without large tires, and anything heavy. Other hazards, large ruts, sink holes around the lower end.