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38° 46.272' , -109° 5.502'
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Backcountry airstrips are inherently dangerous. It is the sole responsibility of the Pilot in Command to ascertain airstrip conditions prior to use. Be certain to consider environmental, aircraft, and personal factors when determining suitability. Use of the airstrips is at the sole discretion of the Pilot in Command. Fly safe!
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.
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