Pearce Ferry

This is an early morning view of Pearce Ferry Airport in northern Arizona. I shot this image while flying south of the airport looking north. The airport sits above the Colorado River you can see in the middle of the image. This is where the river exits the Grand Canyon and flows into Lake Mead before heading south. Pearce Ferry airport sits on Grapeview Mesa right above Pearce Wash and Pearce Bay and of course Pearce Ferry Rapids on the Colorado River. The FAA airport ID for Pearce Ferry is L25. You can see in the image there were once 3 operational runways but now only one is useable and clear of vegetation. Runway 01/19 remains in good condition with a relatively smooth dirt surface; 2,900 ft long by 110 ft wide.

Zedekiah: “I camp here whenever I’m shooting in the area and have tried on numerous occasions to film part of my project here but it is near impossible because of the steady stream of tourist helicopters from Boulder City ferrying folks on tours through the Grand Canyon. Seems like seeing me camping on the edge of a cliff with an airplane is cause for them to hover and allow their passengers to take pictures. One day while I was practicing take off and landings over the edge of the cliff I turned back towards the strip and there were 6 helicopters lined up around the airport watching my pattern work LOL! Nothing like an audience to make you fly right!!!!”

The other 2 runways were pretty much abandoned years ago. It’s a great place to go camping or star gazing. It sits just north of Meadview, Arizona and is part of the Lake Mead Recreation Area and within the airspace of the Grand Canyon National Park. There is a special 3nm airspace notched out around it so you can take off and land safely there.

Pearce Ferry Airport is owned and maintained by the National Park Service. It was officially made operational as a designated airport in 1980 but I’ve met old timers who have been landing on that plateau back in the 40’s and 50’s. It has been part of the bush pilot community for a long time. There are no facilities on site so you must bring everything you need with you. There are no garbage bins on site either so whatever you bring please take back out.

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