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Black Rock Airport was a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Zuni Pueblo, a pueblo in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. It was owned by the Pueblo of Zuñi.[1] According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, it was classified as a general aviation airport.[2]

Black Rock Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerPueblo of Zuñi
ServesZuni Pueblo, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL6,454 ft / 1,967 m
Coordinates35°04′59″N 108°47′30″W / 35.08306°N 108.79167°W / 35.08306; -108.79167Coordinates: 35°04′59″N 108°47′30″W / 35.08306°N 108.79167°W / 35.08306; -108.79167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 4,807 1,465 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations110

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport was assigned ZUN by the FAA but had no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned ZUN to Union Station in Chicago, Illinois[4]).


Facilities and aircraftEdit

Black Rock Airport covered an area of 88 acres (36 ha) at an elevation of 6,454 feet (1,967 m) above mean sea level. It had one runway designated 6/24 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,807 by 50 feet (1,465 x 15 m). For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009, the airport had 110 aircraft operations: 91% air taxi and 9% general aviation.[1]

Airport ClosureEdit

On May 2, 2017, the new Andrew Othole Memorial Airport opened 5 miles west of the central business district of Zuni Pueblo. The new airport was the culmination of a 15-year effort to replace the Black Rock Airport.[5] On November 7, 2017, the Black Rock Airport was closed to all traffic except for emergency medical aircraft.[6] On December 11, 2017, the airport was further restricted to allow only emergency medical helicopters.[7] Finally, on February 12, 2018, the airport was permanently closed to all aircraft.[8]

An in-depth history of the Zuni Airport / Black Rock Airport is available on the Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields website.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for ZUN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 4 (PDF, 1.61 MB) Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Zuñí Pueblo, New Mexico - Black Rock Airport (ICAO: KZUN, FAA: ZUN)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Chicago, Illinois - Union Station (IATA: ZUN)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Pueblo of Zuni Dedicates New Airport in New Mexico". State Aviation Journal.
  6. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 11/067: ZUN AD AP CLSD EXC MEDEVAC 1711071516-1712310700
  7. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 12/079: ZUN AD AP CLSD EXC MEDEVAC ROTORY ACFT 1712111700-1806112359
  8. ^ FAA NOTAM ABQ 02/117: ZUN AD AP CLSD 1802122329-PERM

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