Photo courtesy of Alan Cossitt.

“Fifteen volunteers braved hours of rutted out 4×4 roads to come help rebuild Chicken Strip in Saline Valley on November 5 and 6,” RAF California Liaison Katerina Barilov reported. It’s ironic that an airstrip in the driest place in North America suffers occasional flooding, but a regional deluge in July created washouts that closed the airstrip in Death Valley National Park. 

Photo courtesy of Alan Cossitt.

Volunteers began early in the morning and worked the airstrip with two drags while others used hand tools to divert water flows away from the runway. 

“The runway is smooth with a few natural bumps remaining, but it is as good as it has ever been,” Barilov said. The campsite and tie down areas were also cleaned and dragged, and volunteers put up a new windsock. The group included both RAF supporters, and volunteers who were not pilots but enthusiasts of the airstrip and aviation, and all enjoyed dinner at the warm springs that evening.

The RAF provided a box with a pilot log and volunteers repaired the wooden supports to the Chicken Strip sign, which is showing wear. Barilov is seeking a volunteer with woodworking experience who could donate time to create a new replica of the old sign.
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Check the Airfield Guide for details on this unique spot. The pilot log provides usage information that is critical for the preservation of the airstrip. Please be sure and sign the log book when you visit. 

Submitted on November 29, 2022.


  1. Fred Williams on December 1, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Thanks to all involved. My tent will be pitched there soon!

  2. Barry J Porter on December 1, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Great work gang!

  3. Douglas Fulton on December 1, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Thanks all. Love this place. Flown both helicopter and fixed wing ( Antonov AN-2) into Chicken Strip multiple times.

  4. David Hughes on December 1, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Hope to join you

  5. Christine S Mortine on December 2, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Dreaming of that place from OH…in the winter….near the great lakes weather fun….

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