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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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. 
(updated 11/18/2022)
Gary Hilley
1 year ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Awesome, secluded spot! Runway narrow, some rutting

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William Lipscomb
1 year ago in a Cub Type with 31" tires

Getting very narrow and needs a work party

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Karen Larson
2 years ago in a Super Cub with 31” tires

Narrow long strip. Encroaching vegetation, but in good shape. Extremely picturesque on a non-hazy day!

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Gary Hilley
2 years ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Rutting has become worse, but still very usable.

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Roger Rollins
3 years ago in a Maule M5 180C with 8.50 tires

Echo comments by Randy. This is a picturesque spot. With a little work on the runway, could be a destination for several planes at a time. Not smooth, but quite landable. Pretty flat, so either direction for ldg/to. Was just a bit buggy the day we were there. Not much wind.

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