NMPA Backcountry Committee

Dedicated to preservation of backcountry airstrips and recreational flying in New Mexico

MISSION: To foster and promote recreational and back country flying in and around New Mexcio, working directly with airstrip owners, governmental agencies, related organziations and any individuals as needed.

VISION: An inventory of public and private airstrips, recognized nationwide as a destination on par with that of other states.

SUCCESSES: Since forming a New Mexico backcountry pilot group in 2010, accomplishments include:

  1. 8 years of Negrito or Gila Regional Fly-ins and work parties involving 200 aircraft and about 500 participants from 6 states
  2. Fly-Ins to Private Airstrips: Whitewater Mesa, Mystic Bluffs, Champion Ranch, Taos Grant Besley, Murrow Field
  3. Publicly Owned: Hatch, Magdalena, Timberon, Taos, statewide Centennial Air Tour
  4. NM Recreational Use Statute amended to cover aviation, 2011
  5. NMPA website: airstrip photos and status, safety info


See our New Mexico Airports Map (AIRPORTS from main menu). The airports with potential recreational activities are designated in BLUE. Additionally, airports that have been closed and are not usable and that we are attempting to reopen arein RED. As the BC Committee accumulates information and airport briefings, we will add content and you can access it by clicking on the airport and following the links.

We hope that you enjoy flying amongst the beautiful landscapes and recreational airstrips that we are so fortunate to have here in New Mexico. Fly safely, and remember your responsibility as pilot in command to be fully prepared and capable of the requirements needed for recreational and backcountry flying.


  1. Develop Airstrips: Coordinate maintenance activities on exisitng backcountry airstrips and investigate opportunities to open new and/or closed backcountry airstrips.
  2. Airstrip Information: Develop and maintain an inventory of existing New Mexico Airstrips and with Board support, share relevant information with the aviation community.
  3. Fly-Ins: Plan, promote, and/or host Fly-Ins at backcountry or recreational airstrips.
  4. Safety and Training: Coordinate with the Safety committee for NMPA sponsored backcountry related pilot training education activities.
  5. Regulatory & Government Affairs: Establish and maintain relationships with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico DOT Aviation Divison, New Mexico Game & Fish, Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), and any other agency as necessary to further the NMPA Backcountry Committee mission.
  6. Promote Recreational Flying: Market and promote backcountry and recreational flying within the aviation community.


2018 Fly-In plans included Murrow Ranch on the Divide, Taos-Grant Besley, Mystic Bluffs, Negrito / Reserve, and MORE! Work parties in the works!

For fun places to fly, or see what's up, visit the NMPA FORUM


Mystic Bluffs Fly-In Mystic Bluffs Fly-In Negrito Fly-In Negrito Fly-In Taos Grant Besley Airstrip Taos-Grant Besley Murrow Ranch Fly-In Murrow Ranch Mystic Bluffs Flightline Mystic Bluffs