Steamboat Mesa | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Steamboat Mesa

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 6235 ft
Lat/Long 38.7712, -109.0917
38° 46.272' , -109° 5.502'
Runway 12/30 2635 ft
Ownership BLM


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Information updated May 6, 2021 @ 4:25am

Description: A high altitude mesa covered in animal sign this is a very unique airstrip. The views are a cross between high alpine Colorado and deep canyon Utah. High density altitude, winds, and limited late go around options make this airstrip a hazardous place especially for a beginner. Camping would be spectacular here especially during the warmer months. It might be advisable to  consider the possibility of bear and mountain lion activity here. The habitat is well suited for big game and the hungry critters that follow. 
Runway: Landings should be made towards the east after the road crossing. The ground is rough from clumps of grass and dried animal tracks. Higher float tires are highly suggested.  This is a considerable uphill airstrip and the relative wind favors a tailwind on landing. Late go arounds will not be possible! Landing downhill is probably not an option. Survey the runway downhill or at a comfortable altitude being mindful of aircraft performance. 
Approach Considerations: Winds and density altitude are strong factors that should be considered before landing. Late go arounds will not be possible and landing surveys should be done at altitude or flying downhill. 
Parking: Plenty of parking and camping opportunities here. The ground is flat towards either end of the airstrip and most of the mesa is covered in grass. Good cell phone coverage. 
Marc Lassaux
2 weeks ago in a ICP Savannah S with 21 tires

Fairly bumpy runway, the winds can be tricky on Steamboat. There’s a berm on the southern side of the runway that isn’t easily visible because of the vegetation. I landed heading SE to the east of the road that cuts across the runway. A beautiful spot.

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Craig Gustafson
2 weeks ago in a Carbon Cub EX-3 with 31" tires

Bumpy runway, but very doable with larger tires. Touch down just past the road that bisects the runway. Land uphill, takeoff downhill. Beautiful views to the northwest from the strip. Big downdrafts are possible on takeoff which can be unnerving, but you're departing downhill and into descending terrain which is comforting.

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Eric Holmstrom
2 years ago in a Super Cub with 31” tires

No animals around. Runway is quite rough, and I wouldn’t advise landing with smaller tires.

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Sam Patrick
2 years ago in a C185 with 29” tires

Same as previous reports. Clump grass and the like make this somewhere I would not venture with small tires. Lots of deer activity.

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William Lipscomb
2 years ago in a PA18 with 31” tires

Fun Factor 10

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