The Chocolate Drops

Hanksville, 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. When Edward Abbey first wrote these words he was standing near the Maze Overlook looking at what we now call the Chocolate Drops. Little has changed in the Maze since Abbey's observation forty years ago; hence it is still possible to share the feeling of wonderment he must have experienced. The Chocolate Drops formation consists of four vertical rectangular shaped columns of Organ Shale that rise almost 200 feet above the ridge separating the South Fork of Horse Canyon from Pictograph Fork Canyon. They are one of the most prominent landmarks in the Maze and can be seen for 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. Trail: This is a slickrock trail, well marked by stone cairns. There is no water, so be sure to carry plenty.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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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. When Edward Abbey first wrote these words he was standing near the Maze Overlook looking at what we now call the Chocolate Drops. Little has changed in the Maze since Abbey's observation forty years ago; hence it is still possible to share the feeling of wonderment he must have experienced.

The Chocolate Drops formation consists of four vertical rectangular shaped columns of Organ Shale that rise almost 200 feet above the ridge separating the South Fork of Horse Canyon from Pictograph Fork Canyon. They are one of the most prominent landmarks in the Maze and can be seen for 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. Trail: This is a slickrock trail, well marked by stone cairns. There is no water, so be sure to carry plenty.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,460 feet
Top Elevation: 5,460 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Spanish Bottom, Elaterite Basin
Driving Directions: Directions to The Chocolate Drops

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Apr 2018