38° 38.91' , -110° 39.468'
x 30 ft
Rwy 36 Uphill 0.4%
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Description: Temple Mountain is a north/south oriented with sporadic clump grass, small bushes and ant hills. The surface is typical Utah desert, slightly soft with some give that can add to takeoff rolls.
Runway: 2,600' long x 40’. The surface is a little soft but is easily managed with 850 tires or larger and is relatively smooth. Slopes to the north 0.38%. Approximately 500’ from the south end there is a small undulation. Land beyond it.
Approach Considerations: The airstrip can be approached from either direction. When landing to the north, use caution for a small undulation approximately 500’ from the south end. Recommend landing beyond it.
Amenities: Primitive camping areas are available along the airstrip. BLM campgrounds are nearby. Goblin Valley State Park is 5 miles to the south. Trailheads to Wild Horse Canyon and Wild Horse Window hikes are located across the highway. The Temple Mountain mining site is nearby as well.
The strip is hard to spot till you’re on final, as it blends in with the surrounding terrain. It is soft sand with small weeds and bushes, nothing over 6 inches tall or so. The surface is a little rough, but nothing larger, high flotation tires can’t handle. My Zenith 701’s 8.50 tires did okay on it, but but it was at the upper limit of my tolerance for rough surfaces.
As part of our meeting with the Price BLM District, Roy and I visited the airstrips in their district on our way down to meet with them. I had been looking into Temple Mountain for a while and had two planes with bigger tires check it out in the spring. After a few passes to check the surface out, I decided to land. It was actually in pretty good shape. The brush here is by far smaller than what we cleared at Keg Knoll and pretty smooth, although a little soft...but no more than what would be expected. There are a few large ant hills, but they are avoidable. This strip offers great access to a couple of hikes and, a little farther down the road, Goblin Valley.