The Chocolate Drops

Hanksville, Utah 84734

The Chocolate Drops

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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."

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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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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Outstanding hike! Entered from the maze overlook. Spectacular!
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Trail Information

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

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