Ralph Wenz Airport

The Pinedale Airport, also known as Ralph Wenz Field, is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming. It is a busy general aviation airport regularly used by larger business jet aircraft and smaller single and multi-engine aircraft.

Airport Board
The airport is owned by the Town of Pinedale and managed / operated by the Pinedale Airport Board, a Wyoming Joint Powers Board. The Airport Board consists of 5 town-appointed volunteers who have the responsibility to manage, operate, and maintain the airport. In August 2005, the Airport Board hired a professional airport manager responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of the airport.

The airport was named in memory of Ralph Wenz, who was well known in the Pinedale area and was involved with testing cold weather equipment as a navigator in the Army Air Corps in Alaska. He died in an airplane crash in Alaska in 1947.

Humble Beginnings
The airport started as a grass landing strip in the late 1940s. The first paved runway, constructed in the 1950s, was 60 by 4,400 feet. In 1968, the runway was lengthened to 6,600 feet with funds raised by local businessmen.

Airport Expansion
There were several land acquisition projects over the years to accommodate future airport expansion. In 1985, a new 100-by-7,100-foot runway was constructed south of the old runway, which was converted into a taxiway. In 2000, the old taxiway was removed and replaced with a new 35-by-7,100-foot taxiway. In the fall of 2007, construction of a new access roadway began to accommodate a 1,800-foot runway extension which was completed in August 2008, bringing the total runway length to 8,900 feet. This added length gives aircraft currently using the airport greater operational stage lengths, which means they will be able to put on more fuel to travel greater distances without stopping to refuel. This is especially important during the hotter summer months when the airport's 7,085-foot elevation makes it more difficult for aircraft to take off with a full load of fuel and passengers.