FEATURED AIRSTRIP: DRIGGS, IDAHO
You’d have a hard time finding a more beautiful setting than Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport (KDIJ), located on the Idaho side of the Grand Tetons.
“Driggs is a world class destination for the pilot community, with access to hiking, biking, fishing, floating, golf and a small town with numerous shops and restaurants,” RAF Idaho Liaison Tim Riley said. Tim isn’t the only one who believes this. National Geographic magazine has listed Driggs as “one of the ten best outdoor recreation destinations in the U.S.”
Just a 45-minute drive over Teton Pass is Jackson, Wyoming, a famous Western destination frequented in the early 1800s by mountain men John Colter, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith and William Sublette, whose names you’ll see on many geographic features in the region.
Driggs has a 3,000-ft grass runway parallel to the 7,300-ft paved runway. Amenities include a grass tie-down areas for under-wing camping, with a cedar gazebo, potable water, picnic table, and porta-potty. Pilots also have access to bicycles provided by the Idaho Aviation Association Borrow-A-Bike program. These improvements were funded and constructed cooperatively between the RAF, the IAA, the City of Driggs, and its Airport Board.
See the Airfield Guide listing here for Driggs.
Story submitted on August 31, 2020.
Driggs’ Teton Aviation Center welcomes all backcountry fliers !!! Let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable!!
I just spent a week in the Tetons by flying into Driggs. The last night I stayed at the Driggs pilot campground. So convenient and had a wonderful evening by the fire conversing with a fellow pilot. It just shows you can take an empty field and turn it into a valuable asset for an airport. I wasn’t surprised when I saw the RAF logo on the chairs and fire pit. RAF does great work. (Teton Aviation Center was great too and turned around a rental car immediately so I could get going).