It’s not just about the amenities, although the simplicity of landscaping and upkeep being included in HOA dues is certainly a boon. What truly sets The Refuge apart from the 12 other developments of its kind in the country is its community. This isn’t simply a place to park and refuel. This is a place to live and connect. “The runway facilities accommodate some of the largest private aircraft made, in a setting that is drop-dead gorgeous,” says Pomeroy. “For the relatively small demographic that would or could appreciate this pairing, I don’t believe there’s another place that offers as much, and anecdotal comments from the number of pilots and owners I’ve met thus far confirms this.”
Eventually, Funk envisions The Refuge as a mini-community with businesses, private homeowners, and families all attracted to the private aviation lifestyle. Those who are drawn to Wyoming in particular are already a special breed. Pomeroy points out that many are the proud owners of backcountry single engine aircraft like the Husky, which is manufactured locally. Husky pilots dip into the wilds of Idaho and Wyoming like eagles swoop over the Snake River to make their daily catch. These folks love to share their enthusiasm with each other. The Airpark also hosts aviation-centered events with catering, entertainment, and speakers revered among aviation wonks.
At The Refuge, neighbors are neighbors first, and the layout of the compound allows for families to break bread together, host their crews, and invite one another over to share inspiration and expertise. It’s all here.