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Simplot / Funky

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 6245 ft
Lat/Long 38.1258, -110.2352
38° 7.548' , -110° 14.112'
Runway 2/20 1500 ft x 40 ft
Rwy 2 Uphill 1.2%
Ownership BLM


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Description: In the heart of the Utah Backcountry, Simplot offers stunning views of Happy Canyon, the Henry mountains, the Abajo Mountains, and the Maze District of Canyonlands NP. Simplot would be an excellent base camp for the surrounding airstrips with less risk of unexpected canyon winds ruining your evening return. The Poison Springs trail system that was recently reopened for overland use intersects the runway towards the north end. A quick hike in either direction on the trail will offer even more views of the surrounding canyons. The camping area towards the north is clearly seeing some use with this new trail. Plenty of flat ground and shade make this an attractive spot. 

Runway:  The full length of the runway is now available, however the erosion around vegetation make this strip rough. For now, higher float tires are recommended. Hopefully with more use the surface will smooth out. The ground is clay in nature and could be soft in low spots if rain has been recent. Landing to the north will be uphill slightly. The runway has several roller type oscillations and if fast could send aircraft airborne again. These are near midfield and should be located in landing survey before landing. 

Approach Considerations: No obstructions or technical considerations for Simplot in either direction. The north end of the strip terminates in a bluff that can create mechanical turbulence or downdrafts in windy conditions.  Landing north is slightly uphill, but landings and takeoffs can be accomplished in either direction. Be sure to scan for wildlife on your landing survey as deer seem to make regular crossings. 

Parking: Parking for several aircraft around the camping area. The ground is mostly flat here with some shade. Not as high as some airstrips, but still will be cooler than the canyons on a hot day. No cell phone coverage.

William Lipscomb
3 months ago in a PA-18 with 31" tires

Full length of runway now available. Will need a little traffic to soften the erosion around vegetation. For now would recommend only high float tires.

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William Lipscomb
3 months ago in a PA-18 with 31” tires

Runway seeing some action. Camping area in fantastic shape. Seeing some overland use as well. Runway is pretty rough from vegetation and shouldn’t be landed with small tires.


Paul Barry
1 year ago in a Maule M-5 with 26" tires

Just did a touch and go, looks like some Jeep activity driving on the strip. The north part is the best, very bumpy starting about mid-field on down towards the south.


Gary Hilley
1 year ago in a Super Cub with 31 tires

Looks like its seen a little action lately, condition is good at upper end of strip


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