P2 HIKE N FLY, RIDGE SOARING & THERMALING
P2/H2, west facing ridge soaring
BLUE SPRINGS RIDGE SITE
YOU MUST BE AN SSA MEMBER TO FLY THIS SITE.
Season: year-round, summer is often too active in day, so flights are morning and evening.
Rating Required: P2/H2
Wind Direction: WNW - WSW
Wind Speed: 0-25
Wind Preferred Range: 8 - 17
Gusts should be < 5mph higher than average wind speed for Paragliders, and <7 for hanggliders.
Site Type: Thermic, Ridge Soaring
Site Approach: Hike n' Fly
Access: Private land, accessed by dirt road and pipeline right-of-way.
Launch: 6200ft, West-facing, rocky grass slope on rim. 400ft above LZ
LZ: 5800ft, Preferred near the Parking/access, but anywhere directly in front of Launch can work -- see green area in photo. (too far west and ground is undulating, and not clean --see pink area in photo)
Hazards: No special hazards, some venturi effect on north side, and south side, depending on speed.
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.
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.