Flying Site: Grantsville #1/Burmester

Burmester Model Airfield

(Grantsville #1)

8000 Burmester Rd

Grantsville, UT 84029


The Burmester Model Airfield is a dry lake bed located a mile from Burmester Road on an unpaved road, with a landable area of roughly 4000' (N/S) x 2000' (E/W). The field is state-owned free-range land. Watch for livestock.

The channel board is readable and well-maintained, with colored clips to hang your tags. It even has pegs for 27MHz transmitters. The windsock is a length of crepe paper attached to the channel board pole. Large carpet scraps indicate a pit and/or camping area, with a fire pit toward the south. Although the hard-packed sand should generate nice thermals for soaring, there are no convenient slopes nearby for sloping.

The major disadvantage of the field is power lines immediately east of the lake bed. There is no shade, water, power, or toilet facility, so come prepared. The site can become very muddy after rain or a snowmelt; please avoid flying this field at these times, since driving on the mud exacerbates ruts.

The main benefit of Burmester is its accessibility and the large landing area. It's a 20-minute drive from downtown Tooele and the Salt Lake Airport.

Directions to Burmester Field from RC Evolution in Tooele:


  1. Head south on UT-36 (Tooele Main Street); go 1.2 mi

  2. Turn right (west) on Utah Avenue, which becomes UT-138; go 8.5 mi

  3. Turn right (north) on Kearl St. Signs indicate this is the way to I-80; go 0.3 mi

  4. Turn left (west) on E North St; go half a block

  5. Turn right (north) on Burmester Rd; go 4.5 mi

  6. Proceed straight on the dirt road where the road veers sharply right. Go slowly, and watch out for deep ruts.

  7. Open the cattle gate to allow your car through. Be sure to close it securely behind you, as this is free-range land for cattle, and if you cause someone to lose their herd, you endanger the future of the flying field.

  8. Go 0.8 mi further to the flying field.


From I-80:

  1. Take Exit 88 toward Grantsville; go 0.3 mi

  2. Continue on Burmester Rd under the overpass; go 1.5 mi

  3. As you approach the sharp turn to the left, get on the dirt road heading North.

  4. Follow steps 6-8 above.


This field is flown regularly by the Ute R/C club (http://www.uterc.org/), and is located on Utah state land. If you can, please bring a pick and shovel; fill a road rut when you fly!

This document written by Matthew P. Barnson <matthew@barnson.org> http://barnson.org/ .

If you have Google Earth, you can view this location. We also have an overhead view of the field which might help you find your way to it.

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