Each month we highlight an airstrip where the RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Escalante Airport in Utah, (1L7).

This 5,000 ft paved runway is just southeast of town on Highway 12, the “Journey Through Time Scenic Byway”, and is lined on both sides by picturesque Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A rustic shelter was built on the field with funds and volunteer labor from the RAF, the Utah Back Country Pilots, many private donors and local volunteers. It provides amenities for camping such as potable water, electricity, a gas barbecue, microwave, and mini fridge, and is surrounded by several scenic tent spots, a commemorative fire ring, and stacked firewood. Visitors can also enjoy a heated (and cooled) pilot lounge with WiFi, restroom, shower, and Keurig-style coffee – sponsored by the local ATV rental enterprise. A courtesy car is available.

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  1. Don Goodman on November 1, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Escalante is nearing perfection as a small GA rural airport. Great base of ops for flying the Southern Utah backcountry.

  2. Pat Hartness on November 2, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    What a wonderful place on earth. Beautiful Pat Hartness from Triple Tree.

  3. James Connor on September 22, 2023 at 4:06 am


  4. Glenn Mathis on September 24, 2023 at 5:43 am

    Excellent place to stop in and refuel not only your aircraft, but yourself as well in town via the courtesy car.

  5. Ron Duren Jr on May 19, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    Just stayed two nights. First time visitor. Really enjoyed the quietness and watching the herd of cattle and horses across the runway was better than TV. Great setup. Well done RAF! Firewood was awesome too.

  6. Trent on June 1, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    Flew in from Richfield this morning. I will 100% be coming back to spend a night in a tent. Awesome little Airport, with some of the best views in Utah. And since I live in Utah, I feel like I can say that.

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