Black Rock Airport

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Black Rock Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerPueblo of Zuñi
ServesZuni Pueblo, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL6,454 ft / 1,967 m
Coordinates35°04′59″N 108°47′30″W / 35.08306°N 108.79167°W / 35.08306; -108.79167Coordinates: 35°04′59″N 108°47′30″W / 35.08306°N 108.79167°W / 35.08306; -108.79167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 4,807 1,465 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations110

Black Rock Airport was a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Zuni Pueblo, a pueblo in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. It was owned by the Pueblo of Zuñi.[1] According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, it was classified as a general aviation airport.[2]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport was assigned ZUN by the FAA but had no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned ZUN to Union Station in Chicago, Illinois[4]).

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Black Rock Airport covered an area of 88 acres (36 ha) at an elevation of 6,454 feet (1,967 m) above mean sea level. It had one runway designated 6/24 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,807 by 50 feet (1,465 x 15 m). For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009, the airport had 110 aircraft operations: 91% air taxi and 9% general aviation.[1]

Airport Closure[edit]

On May 2, 2017, the new Andrew Othole Memorial Airport opened 5 miles west of the central business district of Zuni Pueblo. The new airport was the culmination of a 15-year effort to replace the Black Rock Airport.[5] On November 7, 2017, the Black Rock Airport was closed to all traffic except for emergency medical aircraft.[6] On December 11, 2017, the airport was further restricted to allow only emergency medical helicopters.[7] Finally, on February 12, 2018, the airport was permanently closed to all aircraft.[8]

An in-depth history of the Zuni Airport / Black Rock Airport is available on the Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields website.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for ZUN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 4 (PDF, 1.61 MB) Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Zuñí Pueblo, New Mexico - Black Rock Airport (ICAO: KZUN, FAA: ZUN)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Chicago, Illinois - Union Station (IATA: ZUN)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Pueblo of Zuni Dedicates New Airport in New Mexico". State Aviation Journal.
  6. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 11/067: ZUN AD AP CLSD EXC MEDEVAC 1711071516-1712310700
  7. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 12/079: ZUN AD AP CLSD EXC MEDEVAC ROTORY ACFT 1712111700-1806112359
  8. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 02/117: ZUN AD AP CLSD 1802122329-PERM

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