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. Please be cognizant of the proximity to the park areas.
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.
The SW edge of the runway seems a little smoother as opposed to the NE edge from vegetation clearing. Amazing spot. Would be fun to try to hike down to river which looks like it is about 4 miles.
Runway is now about 25ft wide and 1300ft long. The surface still fairly rough from clearing vegetation. With a proficient pilot most backcountry type aircraft should be able to land here. The north end of the strip is somewhat less rough. Enjoy this great place.