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Sheba Crater Slope Soaring

Sheba Crater

Best winds for the middle bench areas are from the South to Southwest, but you can fly any direction from the top.
You must have 4WD to access these flying sites... except for the walk-in parking below the SW bench.

Map of Sheba Crater

Driving Directions

From I-40 in Flagstaff: Drive East on I-40 and take the Winona exit (#211). Drive West on the Townsend-Winona Road (County Road 510) two miles to Leupp Road (County Road 505). Go North on Leupp Road for 11.3 miles and turn right (East) on the dirt road. (continued below)

From Downtown Flagstaff: Drive East on Route 66 to the Townsend-Winona Road (County Road 510), East of the Flagstaff Mall. Drive East on Townsend-Winona Road for 7.9 miles to Leupp Road. Go North on Leupp Road (County Road 505) for 11.3 miles and turn right (East) on the dirt road .(continued below)

Fall of 2013 Update: The road to the middle benches has a section that is washed out. We suggest that if you want to fly the SW bench, you should park below the flying site, at the toe of the slope and hike up... about a 150' climb. There is an obvious spot to park on the West sied of the road... right where you normally start using 4WD. Hopefully the hang glider organization, which owns the land, will fix this soon. You may be able to access the SW and SE lower benches from the main road (to the top). However there is a steep, soft section just below the SW bench that is impossible to ascend... unless you have the appropriate skills and vehicle.

To access the middle bench and top flying areas you MUST HAVE 4-WHEEL DRIVE! You can drive part way up to the lower benches in two-wheel drive, to the point where the road gets obviously steeper (just east of the "12" in the above map). Park here on the left side of the road and hike left and up as high as you like to fly.

These roads are fragile and the steeper sections will be destroyed by two-wheel drive vehicles. The roads are maintained by the local hang-glider group. These folks also own the top of Sheba as well as Merriam Crater and other flying properties. Please help us keep the roads and flying sites in good shape.

View of Sheba from Merriam

View (looking SE) of North and South Sheba Craters from the top of Merriam Crater.

View of Merriam Crater from the top of Sheba Crater

Top of Sheba Crater looking West to Merriam Crater.

soaring on Sheba

Sunday, April 17, 2011 is this years annual slope soaring day at Sheba Crater. Join us for a day of gliding and foamy combat.


Download a printable map and directions to Sheba and Merriam Crater.(344 KB PDF)

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