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    Dark Angel Trail

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    7.6 km
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    220 m
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    The Dark Angel Trail is a great out-and-back hike in the Devils Garden. This trail passes by Landscape Arch—one of the largest natural arches in the world—as well as the remnants of Wall Arch, a formation that collapsed in the summer of 2008. This hike ends at Dark Angel: a 46 m tall sandstone spire that towers above the desert floor.

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    Route Description for Dark Angel Trail

    The hike to Dark Angel is a great subsection of the Devils Garden Loop. This hike is hot and sunny, so be sure to bring more water than you think you’ll need and a good sunhat. En route to Dark Angel, you will pass by Landscape Arch: one of the largest natural arch formations in the world; Wall Arch: a magnificent slickrock formation that collapsed in the summer of 2008; Black Arch: a cave-like sandstone formation. The Dark Angel itself is a 46 m tall sandstone tower that is a sought-out spot for rock climbing; see if you can spot any climbers making their way up this impressive spire when you are at the tower’s base.

    From the Devils Garden trailhead, follow the well-marked trail northwest. The trail will divide at two points before you reach your first waypoint: the Landscape Arch. To stay on track to the Landscape Arch, just stick left at both of these junctions. 1.4 km from the trailhead, there are two official viewpoints with excellent views of the Landscape arch—take a second here to rest and admire this incredible formation. When you’re ready, continue on from Landscape Arch for another 0.2 km to a viewpoint overlooking the remains of Wall Arch. The trail will then divide shortly after Wall Arch—stick right and continue on for another 0.6 km to a viewpoint overlooking Black Arch. Beyond Black Arch, the trail will divide once more- stay left to reach the Dark Angel.

    Take a rest at the Dark Angel and admire the majesty of this prominent sandstone spire. When you are set to go, follow your footsteps back to the Devils Garden Trailhead or continue on your day hiking and exploring the Devils Garden.

    Getting to the Dark Angel Trail Trailhead

    The Dark Angel Trail begins at the Devil’s Garden Trailhead. This trailhead is at the end of Main Park Road, approximately 29.0 km from the Arches Visitor Center off of highway 191.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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