Home > VansAirForceForums

-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

Go Back   VAF Forums > Regional Forums > West (and Southwest)
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-03-2018, 07:20 AM
YellerDaisy's Avatar
YellerDaisy YellerDaisy is offline
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Mountain Southwest
Posts: 192

Living in the subject area, my advice is to fly early when the lighting is best and the air is smoothest. Flying over in the afternoon at 14k will cause you to miss the sights and the beauty. With good, early morning light, the colors come alive!

If not familiar with the effect of density altitude, please brush up. Most of the ground in this area is higher than the typical pilot cruises. Takeoff and landing at 11,000' DA is different. Cruising at 8,000' and skimming the ground is unnerving if not prepared.

Watch the winds aloft at 18k. That will tell you how rough it will be over the mountains. If the winds at that altitude are high (40kts), expect rough.

Depending on what you want to see and do, the whole area is a huge playground. Monument valley is neat but, sadly, it is a tiny little place (when going 150 kts). Be sure to see Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon (you can land at the airport and get a shuttle to the park to walk the canyon trail), Comb Ridge, Goosenecks, Capital Reef, Meteor Crater, Gila Wilderness area, etc.

If I were flying CNM to PGA and the weather/winds aloft are good, I'd fly west towards LRU to get around White Sands to the south. Then head direct to PGA or Monument Valley. This will take you over the continental divide and some great sights. If you want to see the lava flows and chain of craters, head towards GNT. If you want to see Shiprock, LRU direct to 5V5.

Another great option (for sights) is LRU to JTC (Springerville) to SEZ (Sedona) and then to PGA. There are also some really great backcountry strips available if looking to camp or do that kind of sightseeing.

The only real problem is that this is a MASSIVE area making it hard to see it all in one trip!
RV-4 - 160HP O-320 - Sensenich GA
RV-3B - O-320 - "Daisy" (sold)

Last edited by YellerDaisy : 12-03-2018 at 09:20 AM.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:35 PM.

The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.