World Class Cross Country Soaring
King Mountain provides some of the best foot launch soaring and cross country flying opportunities anywhere. This area compares quite favorably with the Owens Valley (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.
VERY interesting experience with my stay at the DK Motel.
I realize that there are limited places to stay in the King Mountain / Moore / Arco area, but I thought I needed to share with other pilots so that they can avoid these issues.
I recommend that everyone AVOID DK Motel, and stay in Mackay, or at Arco Inn or Lost River Motel.
More to come..
2016 Hang Gliding Contest Cancelled
There are no Hang Gliding Contests planned. The Contest Committee has retired.
King Mountain’s Hang Gliding contest was once the largest attended Hang Gliding Contest in the USA. Sometimes good things come to an end.
You can still fly King Mountain!
It 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.
This free event happens every summer. All birds are welcome.
We still have 2015 t-shirts available.
These could become a collector’s item.
Shirts are $15 plus shipping.
Shipping is estimated at $5.00
Contact Connie and order your King Mountain T-Shirt.
- Medium short sleeve shirts
- 1 small long sleeve
- Medium Long Sleeve
- Large long sleeve
- Extra large long sleeve
- no women’s tanks left.
Contact: Connie Work
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-RWP 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 am now flying my 3rd rigid wing glider, a Schleicher ASG29, and I love it’s 52 to 1 glide ratio. Oh, “RWP” is for Rigid Wing Pilot.