‘The Chocolate Drops’
If there’s a more remote, rugged, and less visited area in the lower 48 states than the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park in South Utah, then I don’t know about it!! 😓😥😰
Yeah yeah, I know you might be thinking “but what about Death Valley?” Well, I’ve been to Death Valley six times and have explored every backcountry trail and 4WD roads I could find on the maps (and a few not on the maps). It certainly gets hot there, but as far as accessibility, difficulty, and shear ruggedness, Death Valley ain’t got nothing on the Maze!😱
Recently making it to the top spot of Backpacker Magazine’s ‘Most Dangerous Hikes in America’ list, the Maze is an adventure seeker’s dream 🤗 (or nightmare 😵 depending on your point of view!)
A while back, two friends and I spent 3 days/nights in the Maze. It definitely lives up to it’s reputation for extreme terrain and inaccessibility! Only around 200 intrepid visitors per year attempt getting to its interior by high clearance 4WD. (The NPS lists 2000 visitors/year but 90% of those are brief visits via rafting trips down the Colorado River).
One of the iconic scenes in the Maze is the Chocolate Drops, four 200 feet tall formations of Organ Shale each with caps of tough White Rim Sandstone. They sit atop the massive Cedar Mesa Sandstone which makes up most of the extensive labyrinthine canyons that give the Maze it’s names. If you get lost in here, there’s a high likelihood you’ll be lost for good!!!☠️
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