Transmountain Pass


31.884692° -106.505379° 5,050' MSL +400' AGL
LZ 31.910659° -106.519001° and 31.876146° -106.519084°
Bail LZ's:  PG/HG 31.871923° -106.507787°   PG only 31.882664° -106.507055°

All pilots must register with the authorities before flying in Franklin Mountains State Park.

Notes & Features

Easily accessible by vehicle from State Hwy #375
LZ – anywhere out front on the finger (PG).  HG LZ bail is a flat road out in front 31.871217° -106.509017°.  HG normal LZ  31.871217° -106.509017°(access road inside Tom Mays Unit of the Park)

Flyable with winds from 240°-280°
Minimum wind to soar or climb out is 8-10 mph
Thermals drift in at launch during the warmer parts of the day
Pilots can thermal out at launch in lesser winds

Note:  Please read the Introduction to Agave Hill for important information.  All pilots MUST be registered to fly any of the sites in Franklin Mountains State Park

Transmountain Pass – View is northwest.  The PG launch area is just beyond and below the visitor parking at the top of the Pass (the bulged out area near the highway).  Launch is near the top of the long finger that runs from the highway to the flats in front of the range.  The HG launch is closer to the Pass itself and is not visible in this photo.

Transmountain Pass

John Theoret – just after landing on the Tom Mays Unit access road.  The Park has graciously allowed pilots to land on the roads within the Park.

Transmountain Pass


Launching from the steep slopes and cliffs in the desert mountains requires good kiting skills. It is hazardous to inflate and then immediately turn before stabilizing your glider overhead for a few seconds or more. Many pilots have damaged their equipment and been banged-up attempting to launch in the often turbulent air that characterizes the air we fly in. Pilots must have the skills to kite a glider overhead under control before attempting a launch, especially in strong air. In addition, all pilots should master inflating their gliders with the A's in one hand and the C's or D's in the other. You may have to de-power your glider at any moment and this is the only way you can safely do it while attempting a launch. Pulling deep on the brakes does NOT de-power your glider! In addition, you will not have time to go searching for the correct risers if things start to go wrong and you do not have the correct ones in your hands. Jamming the brakes will only make things worse. If you need training on how to do this, we can help.