P2 HIKE N FLY, RIDGE SOARING & THERMALING
P2/H2, west facing ridge soaring
BLUE SPRINGS SITE GUIDE
General description Blue Springs is a remote hike and fly site. Launch (34.43807, -106.50029) is accessed through hiking only. The site is mostly used for ridge soaring flights, but can also be very thermic during the day.
The site does not feature unusual flying risks. The launch is nicely angled and clear of obstacles. The landing area is large spaces between bushes. Pilots should pay attention to low-level turbulence from terrain and bushes on landing. As for all New Mexico sites, thermal conditions can get very active during the spring and summer. Pilots flying the site should make sure they understand that aspect of New Mexico weather.
Blue Springs is a USHPA-insured site.
Access Take an unnamed road off US-60. There is a dirt two-track going up towards the gas canalizations and the ridge at (34.44002, -106.51913). At this point a high clearance 4WD vehicle is required. Landing and parking area is at (34.43353, -106.50708). Easy hike to launch (475 ft vertical, 1.4 mi) is up the gas canalization path, then across the ridge.
• Pilots flying Blue Springs should be current USHPA members with a P2/H2 rating.
• Speed wings are allowed.
• Tandems are allowed. Tandems need to comply with USHPA’s tandem exception.
• Instruction is allowed. Instructors need to comply with USHPA rules for instruction at USHPA- insured sites and notify SSA officers of their activities annually.