Airport

The airport primarily serves general aviation aircraft, ranging from small single-engine piston planes to medium twin-engine turbo prop aircraft. The airport is currently classified with an Airport Reference Code (ARC) of B-I, meaning the airfield is designed for aircraft with approach speeds up to 121 knots and wingspans up to but not including 49 feet. The typical aircraft in this code include small-medium sized twin-engine piston driven aircraft, such as the Piper Navajo or Beech Baron 58.



The airport has a non-precision Global Positioning System (GPS) straight-in approach into Runway 20 and GPS circling approach as well as a VOR/DME circling approach. Runway 20 is marked with non-precision markings in fair condition. Runway 2 is marked with non-precision markings in good condition.

Visual aids include a rotating airport beacon, segmented circle and precision approach path indicators (PAPIs) on both Runways 2 and 20. The PAPIs are currently out of service. Runway 2/20 has medium intensity runway lights, which are pilot controlled on the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) of 122.8. Medium intensity taxiway lights line the edge of the connector taxiway. Airport traffic uses an 820-foot midfield connector taxiway to access parking and the apron area.

Services

Rocky Mountain Ag provides the following services at the Monte Vista Municipal Airport:
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Aircraft parking (ramp or tie down)
  • Aviation fuel
  • Courtesy transportation
  • Hangars
  • Passenger terminal and lounge
  • Pilot lounge/snooze room and restrooms
  • Pilot supplies
  • Public telephone
The Jet-A fuel is stored in a 2,300-gallon tank and Avgas is stored in a 14,000-gallon tank. Jet fuel storage capacity is very low as the FBO is unable to order a full shipment. The tanks are above ground and in good condition. The airport has secure vehicle parking with unlimited parking located west of the cinder block hangar.



Location

The Monte Vista Municipal Airport is located within Rio Grande County in south-central Colorado, about 6 miles east of U.S. Highway 285 between the communities of Monte Vista and Alamosa, 138 miles southwest of Pueblo, Colorado. The airport encompasses approximately 344 acres and is owned by the City of Monte Vista, the second largest city in the San Luis Valley. The Monte Vista Airport serves the City and County as a vital mode of transportation.

Rio Grande County is 912 square miles, with a primarily rural population estimated at 12,273 people for 2002. Community centers include Center, Del Norte, Monte Vista and South Fork. The county is home to agricultural and outdoor activities including skiing, biking, hiking, fishing and hunting in the Rio Grande National Forest. Climate in the area ranges from an average high of 79.5 degrees Fahrenheit in July to an average low of 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit in January. Total precipitation averages 8 inches of rainfall and annual snowfall of 32.9 inches.

Mission Statement


Our mission is to provide a good environment for pilots not wanting an overly busy atmosphere, provide air traffic an alternative to the San Luis Valley Regional Airport and provide an emergency landing facility for aircraft in the event that San Luis Valley Regional Airport is closed.