Wee Hope Mine / Radium King | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Wee Hope Mine / Radium King

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 5476 ft
Lat/Long 37.5715, -110.224
37° 34.29' , -110° 13.44'
Runway 4/22 1908 ft x 40 ft
Rwy 4 Uphill 2.3%
Ownership BLM



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Information updated April 13, 2023 @ 11:02am

Description: Visit a time capsule when you fly into Wee Hope Mine. The desert has preserved this forgotten mine for us to explore today. It is not hard to imagine the day it closed and the ensuing shenanigans that must have included launching a now collectable sedan off a cliff. Still standing are a bunk house, kitchen, outhouse, animal corral, mining shack, and other scattered antiquities.  

This airstrip is at the bottom of Red Canyon, a very large bowl with an opening to the south. This can cause significant wind variations. Descending below the canyon rim, the swirling winds and turbulence may force a discontinued approach. Crosswinds are very common here and may have negative consequences due to steep drop-offs on either side of the runway. The best chance of a successful approach and landing likely would be accomplished in the early morning. 

The mine is located south of the airstrip, about a five-minute walk. The kitchen is visible from the runway with most of the other structures hidden below the hill. As you explore, keep this place an enjoyable museum for everyone and do not to disturb or remove any of the treasures.  


Runway: This airstrip is open to most aircraft types given favorable density altitude and weight. It is long and smooth by backcountry standards with most of the runway covered in pea size gravel. The east end is more of a dirt/grass mix. Use caution for sharp drop offs on all sides of the runway especially towards the west end. Use caution as the airstrip is accessible by road and on occasion cars, UTVs, or campers may be parked on the runway. 


Approach considerations: Landing west requires a dogleg to clear an overburden hill left from mining. Landing east is clear with a sharp drop off at the threshold. Takeoff and landing can be accomplished in either direction.  


Parking: Not adequate room for parking multiple aircraft unless at the east end of the airstrip. Plenty of flat ground for camping. 

Cell Phone Coverage:

For the most part there isn't any coverage. However, if you walk a hundred yards or so east off the end of the airstrip, just to the left of the ridge (not in top of the ridge and not in the bottom of the wash), you'll find me bar with Verizon that is enough to get/send text messages and make a phone call.


On the east end there is enough room to pull planes mostly off the strip and throw a tent next to your plane. There is a fire ring next to some flat rocks that make for an awesome place to sit and have dinner overlooking stunning vistas. 

Regan Richmond
1 month ago in a C-150/150 with 8.00 tires

Soft but good. Great strip even for some slightly underpowered and nosewheel equipped backcountry seekers.

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Marc Lassaux
6 months ago in a ICP Savannah S with 21 tires

Wee Hope is in good shape. The bugs were pretty bad though.

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Cory Wolf
7 months ago in a C205 with 850 tires

What a gem. Can’t believe I hadn’t been here before. Strip is 90% smooth and firm the entire length. A little soft in the edges. Great spot to camp with vista views. Mine nearby to go look at some old structure and scattered debris. Winds can be a little squirrelly. We encountered a decent sinker on final. Great spot and will be back. If you find the right spot, you can get one bar with Verizon to get a call or text message out. Otherwise very remote.

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Marc Lassaux
1 year ago in a ICP Savannah S with 8.00-6 tires

What a neat spot. Will definitely return when I have more time to explore. We went in the AM and had a breeze from the west so our takeoff downhill to the west was easy. The landing to the west is interesting with the dog leg. Will has a good video of landing to the west on Youtube if you search Utah backcountry flying wee hope.

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Tyler Gleave

How cool! Pretty remarkable that structure is still standing after all these years.

1 year ago
William Lipscomb
1 year ago in a PA-18 with 31" tires

Everything looks good, seeing significant overlanding traffic. Dismantled a rock cairn at the beginning of runway. Defiantly can be windy here with wind that normally favors a downhill landing. Here is video first approach to a go around and the successful landing and takeoff. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGyooHnA0oQ

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