The Chocolate Drops Trail

Green River, Utah

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"What shall we name those four unnamed formations standing erect above this end of The Maze? From our vantage point they are the most striking landmarks.... In a far-fetched way they resemble tombstones, or altars, or chimney stacks, or stone tablets set on end."(Edward Abbey, Desert Solitair, a Season in the Wilderness, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1968) When Edward Abbey first wrote these words he was standing on the Maze Overlook looking at what we now call the Chocolate Drops. The Maze has since been protected as a part of Canyonlands National Park, and consequently it is still possible to share the feeling of wonderment that Abbey must have experienced forty years ago. The Chocolate Drops formation consists of four vertical rectangular shaped columns of Organ Shale that rise almost 200 feet above the ridge separating South Fork Horse Canyon from Pictograph Fork Canyon. They are one of the most prominent landmarks in the Maze and can be seen from miles around. The trail described here also passes by a half dozen other pillars of Organ Shale on its way to the Chocolate Drops. These formations are all part of an area known as the Land of Standing Rocks.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

"What shall we name those four unnamed formations standing erect above this end of The Maze? From our vantage point they are the most striking landmarks.... In a far-fetched way they resemble tombstones, or altars, or chimney stacks, or stone tablets set on end."(Edward Abbey, Desert Solitair, a Season in the Wilderness, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1968) When Edward Abbey first wrote these words he was standing on the Maze Overlook looking at what we now call the Chocolate Drops.

The Maze has since been protected as a part of Canyonlands National Park, and consequently it is still possible to share the feeling of wonderment that Abbey must have experienced forty years ago. The Chocolate Drops formation consists of four vertical rectangular shaped columns of Organ Shale that rise almost 200 feet above the ridge separating South Fork Horse Canyon from Pictograph Fork Canyon. They are one of the most prominent landmarks in the Maze and can be seen from miles around. The trail described here also passes by a half dozen other pillars of Organ Shale on its way to the Chocolate Drops. These formations are all part of an area known as the Land of Standing Rocks.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Spring, early summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,460 feet
Top Elevation: 5,460 feet
Local Contacts: Hans Flat Ranger Station, Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: Spanish Bottom (USGS), Elaterite Basin (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to The Chocolate Drops Trail

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10/10/2000
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Outstanding hike! Entered from the maze overlook. Spectacular!



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