Some unpaved roads are closed
Recent rains have caused extensive damage to the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »
Extreme Fire Danger
Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »
New backcountry requirements in effect
Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »
A Conversation with Ned Chaffin
Ned Chaffin and his family had a ranch on the San Rafael River near where it enters the Green in the 1930s and 1940s. They ran cows throughout the “Under the Ledge” country from 1920 to 1944, when Ned was in his teens to late twenties. This area is now part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Canyonlands National Park, more commonly known as The Maze, The Doll House, Ernie's Country and Waterhole Flat.
The transcripts available here are from interviews at Ned and Marjorie Chaffin’s home in Bakersfield, California. Maze District Rangers Gary Cox and Cynthia Beyer conducted the interviews. These files requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Ned Chaffin - First Interview
Ned Chaffin - Second Interview
Did You Know?
Upheaval Dome contains rock layers unlike any in the surrounding area. Scientists still debate whether this oddity is the remnant of a meteorite impact or a salt dome. More...