For more than 60 years the SkyRanch airport has been a pivotal catalyst for the local economy of Carefree and many other parts of northern Maricopa County. Today the mission of SkyRanch is to promote and manage a general aviation experience for its members, guests, and the broader township by maintaining a facility that is unsurpassed in excellence.
SkyRanch at Carefree is a private airport and its use is solely for members and approved guests. Guests are required to receive prior permission to land at least 24-hours before arriving at 18AZ. SkyRanch also welcomes visitors doing business with the Town of Carefree, while lodging at one of the three nearby Carefree hotels: The Boulders, the Civana Wellness Resort and Spa, and the Hampton Inn Carefree.
Contact the Airport Manager at 480-488-3571 to receive permission to land.
SkyRanch is closed to the following:
- Aircraft over 12,500 pounds certified gross weight
- Helicopter operations
- Jet aircraft that do not meet 14 CFR 36.1 Stage 3 noise level limits
- Touch and go aircraft
Carefree is a noise-sensitive area. Compliance with traffic pattern arrival and departure procedures outlined on this website is mandatory. SkyRanch is a non-towered airport: proper flight pattern and radio discipline are critical to safe and tranquil operations. Clearly broadcast intentions and confirm correct UNICOM radio frequency of 122.725. Visual glide slope PAPI lighting is available with three, five or seven clicks on 122.725.