38° 16.344' , -109° 43.578'
x 20 ft
Rwy 13 Uphill 0.4%
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Description: Sitting at the base of the Needles Overlook Rustler Canyon is one of the closest airstrips to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. An intense 4x4 trail named Lockhart Basin connects Moab to the Needles District and runs along the base of the canyon. The road passing through the airstrip heads out to Newberry Butte Overlook which is part of the Indian Creek Wilderness Study. A section of the Hayduke Trail which spans from Zion to Arches National Park can be accessed from here. In the evening the light on the cliffs can offer a spectacular photo opportunity.
The runway was in great shape. I walked it and threw as many large rocks off of it as I could find. My guess is the cows keep kicking them onto the runway. With that being said, if you’ve flown in Utah you know that cow activity on the runway is not uncommon. That stands true for this strip as there were about 3 dozen cows spread out around the strip. I also would agree with the previous post that discussed the runway not necessarily being as long as stated. You do still have a no less than 2000’ of usable though which should be plenty for most.
Usable runway is much wider than the description, however probably a bit shorter. Surface seems to have been dragged with something in the not so distant past, but has a lot of small bumps similar to brake bumps that form on dirt roads. Surface solid and in good condition.