Rustler Canyon | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Rustler Canyon

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4669 ft
Lat/Long 38.2724, -109.7263
38° 16.344' , -109° 43.578'
Runway 13/31 1500 ft x 20 ft
Dirt Road
Rwy 13 Uphill 0.4%
Ownership SITLA


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Information updated December 7, 2022 @ 9:42pm

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.

Runway:  Generally the winds are favorable here even if the surrounding areas are not. The runway orientation is well suited for the prevailing winds. Each end has a turn around that will accommodate most type aircraft. The ground is normally firm and smooth enough that high float tires are not required. Slight ruts in the middle of the runway on both ends but firm on either side.
Parking:  Parking at the midpoint. The ground here is firm and flat and offers a good camping location. No cell phone coverage. 
Approach: Nothing over complicated here. This is shared use with a road and a good runway survey is prudent. 
Joseph Barrett
1 year ago in a Cessna 140 with 8.50x6 tires

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.

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Marc Lassaux
1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires

No change from other recent reports. Great area.

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Marc Lassaux
1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires

Landed at Rustler Canyon today. In good shape and no major change from recent previous reports. Beautiful area. Would be fun sometime to camp just to the northwest in the canyons.

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Sam Patrick
1 year ago in a C185 with 29” tires

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.

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Marc Lassaux
1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires tires

Runway and parking area in good shape. The recent rains have firmed it up some. Beautiful area.

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