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This cool looking tower is visible from some points of the road while approaching the Devil's Garden trailhead. This was one of the first towers climbed in Arches, by the 60's hardguys Rearick and Kamps.

Getting There 

Easy, flat 2 mile approach past many cool arches. From the Devil's Garden trailhead parking lot, follow the signs to Double O arch. At this point, you'll see a sign for the Dark Angel which will be visible from here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dark Angel:
West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Dark Angel.  Photo by Jim B.

West Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : Dark Angel
P1: Start on either side of a sandy flake. The FA climbed the left side of the flake at 5.7 and Harvey Carter climbed the right side on the second ascent at 5.8. We did the left side and found it quite hard for 5.7 and very loose and sandy. After scrambling up more choss to the top of the flake, climb a 5.9 fingercrack and make an awkward move left past an old hangerless bolt to the belay.P2: Climb up left from the belay and do a fun, exposed move over a flake to a bolt ladder. This pitch can be...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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"please (shitty) anchor, don't fail...
"please (shitty) anchor, don't fail...
At the base
At the base
Dark Angel view on the approach.
BETA PHOTO: Dark Angel view on the approach.
Apparently, it's possible to get your ropes stuck ...
Apparently, it's possible to get your ropes stuck ...
to fun
to fun
A petroglyph of a moose near Dark Angel.
A petroglyph of a moose near Dark Angel.
This is my "5.7????" face on P2. Photo b...
This is my "5.7????" face on P2. Photo b...

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By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Jul 10, 2009
Cool find if you're into petroglyphs: head pretty much due south/southeast of the tower and you will soon come to a short cliff. Find a way down and explore east and west until you find them. See the photo of the moose posted above. Please heed the signs about traveling lightly and with care. The location of these are not publicized by the Park.
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