Chimney Canyon

The San Rafael Swell is a large uplifted area in southeast Utah that has eroded into numerous badlands and canyon systems. The Swell is not particularly well-known outside of Utah because it contains no visitor centers, motels, restaurants, or any other services — it’s the kind of place you enter with maps, plenty of water, and a full tank of gas. The network of bladed roads put in during the brief uranium boom in the 1950s is pervasive enough to make backpacking an unattractive prospect in much of the Swell. Chimney Canyon is an exception.