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Dark Angel is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 721 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Views No dogs
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The Dark Angel is a 150-foot sandstone tower sitting half a mile to the northwest of Double O Arch, and the western end of the Primitive Loop Trail. The trail begins at the Devils Garden parking area, at the end of the main access road in Arches National Park.

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John Miller
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Maura Alexander
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Olivier Gilmartin
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Alex Jarmolych
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Great hike with a bunch of side trails for other arches. A little freaky walking across the top of a fun, but totally safe as long as you don’t get blown off! :)

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dana otto
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Amazing!

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Erica Regan
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Close to double O arch and if you’ve made it there, why not go a little further? We didn’t know what dark angel was but once we got there it was pretty cool. Didn’t need to hike all the way up to it. If it’s getting hot midday, save yourself the extra walking and take a picture from afar.

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Steve Hess
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Little bit of scramble once you get on the rocks, but nothing serious. Fantastic views. The starting elevation was a little rough, but the trail doesn’t climb much. Dark Angel isn’t a hard trek once you’re at double O. Its not as fantastic as the other side, but hey you’re already up there right? Plus you never know what you’re gonna see Take enough water. It was mid 90’s and I wasn’t properly prepared. Very little shade so obviously sunscreen too. There were children under 5 on the hike, so extra motivation to finish.

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Sarah Lankitus
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Completed in July 2019 - we started early in the morning and thankful we did. Absolutely stunning views and fun trail! A few small scrambles along the way- relatively easy and short thou. By 11 am no shade and very hot. Definitely start and finish early in the heat of the summer. Tbh the dark angel part of the trail wasn’t as amazing as all the other arches you pass along the way. Definitely my favorite hike in arches national park - absolutely amazing!

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Jennifer Beyer
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Great winter hike! Well broken, some weaving of the broken-in trail so you do spend some time doubling back to find the right trail. Right after the Landscape Arch sign the trail appears to dead end, but it’s actually a scramble up long rock formations in between two larger canyons. Good hikers and micro spikes are a must to safely make it to Dark Angle.

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Joseph Andrew
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Jae Lilly
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The route out follows the double arches trail, which can be extremely busy in the first section. As soon as the blue jeans crowd turns around, though, it does thin out quite a bit and you get to do a little scrambling and have fun climbing on the rocks. There are still a good number of people on the trail, though. We didn’t have enough time to do the whole loop but went out to dark angel and back. I wouldn’t say the dark angel hike was life changing, but it was a fun little hike.

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Ruth Ann Abbott
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beautiful, easy.

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Carlos Mañón
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The temperature dropped about a week ago. Nice clear day that maxed out in the 80's. I took an 8 year old and a 6 year old back to Dark Angel, felt comfortable with the difficulty level. But they're both relatively experienced anyways.

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Aubrey Hill
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This was worth it to get away from the crowds and see out the other side of the park. Very cool! I’m glad we did the whole trail to this point.

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Kristi Day
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Amazing trail! Arches is insanely beautiful everywhere you look. Trail was a little hard to follow at times because so many have strayed and created alternative trails. I got sidetracked, unintentionally a couple times. Try to stay on the trail people!

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Doug Neidholdt
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Did it as part of the Devil's Garden loop, just a short side trail. It is a must when doing the loop.

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Sharon Hull
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awesome hike

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Simon Guérard
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Go see it if you go that far, but don't miss the arches! I would also suggest making the whole loop if you already go that far...

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Todd D
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We hit the trail at 8:30 AM in mid/late August, not to hot. Great hike with beautiful scenery. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Did this as part of Double O, should have done the entire primitive loop, next year!

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Rick C
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I went to this but part of the loop. it would be pointless to go all that way withoit seeing all of the other sights along the way. By the way, fun fact: this was originally called the "Devil's D@*k"

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Daniel Riley
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a long time, and it was so worth it!

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Taryn Irvin
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Absolutely beautiful! I’m pretty out of shape and it didn’t kill me. Just don’t forget sunscreen!

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Moab Danielle
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amazing. 8 arches along the way. early morning hikes pAst landscape = all alone on the trail. saw a bobcat on the way back on the primitive trail just before midnight. awesome, awesome hike.

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Daniel Fischer
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Completed this one as part of a larger hike also going to Double O, Navajo, and Dark Angel. Crowds clear significantly after Landscape Arch.

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Megan Urrutia
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Cool trail. Used this to see Double O Arch. Highly recommend!

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Brandon Goforth
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Fun hike! Moderate intensity and may involve some route finding.

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