World Class Cross Country Soaring
King Mountain provides some of the best hang gliding, paragliding and sailplane soaring and cross country flying opportunities anywhere. This area compares quite favorably with the Owens Valley Area, the White Mountains, and Southern Sierra Mountains (Southern California). This is a world class Hang Gliding and Paragliding site guaranteed to test your flying skills! There are booming thermals, outrageous turbulence, and the promise of long XC flights. It is lots of fun and superb flying in some of the most scenic mountains in the world.
King Mountain is located near Moore, Idaho.
King is at the south end of the Lost River Range in The Lost River Valley which runs 70 miles from Arco through Moore and Mackay to Willow Creek Summit south of Challis, Idaho. The valley is 10 to 15 miles wide, bounded on both sides by mountains rising 5,000 – 6,000 feet above the valley floor (mountains tower over 12,000 feet), providing a beautiful corridor for X-C flying. They call it the Lost River for a specific reason: It does not flow into a larger stream but down into the ground. Of the twenty-five highest mountains in Idaho, twenty-four of them are located here, including Idaho’s highest peak, Mount Borah, at 12,662 feet.
2018 Safari Dates: June 16 – 24
Free event just east of Sun Valley. Long summer days and cool nights with possible snow on the high peaks.
Paragliders, Hang Gliders, Sailplanes, & Self Launching Sailplanes are all welcome.
- Awesome glass offs and cloud bases at and above 18,000′
- Fly to Montana or Yellowstone
- Wave Window
- Campfire, Potluck dinners
- Star Gazing, Hiking, Mountain Biking and Fishing
- Clean air, beautiful sunsets
- Come to King Mountain!
Free camping at the Glider Park. Big Air and Big Country! Spot Locator, Garmin (Delorme) Inreach with tracking function or equivalent required. (This is big country and cell phones coverage is sparse. Your radio has little coverage at ground level).
Contact John via his website:
Visit KingMountainGliderPark.com Events Page
Hang Gliding Contests have been discontinued.
King Mountain’s Hang Gliding contest was once the largest attended Hang Gliding Contest in the USA. Sometimes good things come to an end. 2015 was the last year that we had a national contest.
You can still fly King Mountain! There are still many fly-ins and club visits.
King Mountain and the surrounding area is a great place to fly. All the outrageous stories about BIG AIR, Long Distances, Rowdy Conditions, and High Altitude flying are true. Come fly, have a good time, fly safe. Visit the area, lots of things to do.
Check out the Annual King Mountain Glider Park Fly In.
The King Mountain Annual Safari is a free event that happens every summer. All birds are welcome. Free camping, great comradery. Sailplanes, motorized sailplanes, hang gliders,motorized hang gliders, paragliders. They all come and fly at the Annual King Mountain Glider Park Safari.
King Area Map – Click to view larger image.
Experience King Mountain
Paraglider pilots will love flying at King Mountain too! This place can be turbulent, so P4 pilots only please.
I’m Larry R. your Fly King Mountain webmaster, I worked with Ernie on the original website. In the above photo I am ready to fly my 1st Rigid Wing Glider, an ATOS B at Hull Mt. I now fly sailplanes and I love the speed and 44 to 1 glide ratio.