Two men ski around the Rim in ten hours.
The least amount of snow recorded on the ground for a season,
with only 44 inches of measurable snow.
Due to the low snow year, seasonal ranger Vic Affolter is able
to investigate Scoria Cone Cave. Normally a large snow plug
blocks the entrance to the crater cave. The investigation
reveals a hole extending down to the heart of the cone. The hole
is approximately 200 feet vertical from the north side and
approximately 100 to 135 feet semi-vertical with an 80 degree
slope on the south side.
Fatal on-the-job accident, when a dump truck backs over a
construction worker during the rebuilding of the South entrance
Fatal heart attack.
The old, 1920’s and 30’s wooden utility shops, across from the
new maintenance shops are torn down.
Paul Fritz becomes the Park’s last Landscape Architect,
(‘63-’64) working on the vegetative restoration of new road cuts
and the areas around the new buildings in Steel Circle. Paul
eventually becomes involved in the establishment of the Redwoods
National Park where he discovers the World’s tallest tree. The
discovery is covered by an article in the National Geographic.
A woman passenger is killed when the family’s travel trailer
runs off the road near the Pumice Desert and flips the car. The
children become hysterical when they hear the news of their
mother’s death over the Ranger radio while being transported to
the hospital. Chief Ranger Buck Evens institutes a strict policy
of keeping the car radios turned down in the presence of family
The Park’s old stand-by generator, near Steel Circle, is
replaced with a much larger one from Death Valley National
Season Visitation: 475,684