Dark Angel Petroglyphs

Moab Area Rock Art VIII
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday, the plan was to head to Arches for the day and hike the Devils Garden primitive loop. Afterwords we were hoping to stock around and get some photos of the Super Moon rising in the evening. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy and overcast the entire day and it was pretty windy. We ended up hiking the loop and finding the petroglyphs near Dark Angel, but when we were done we drove back into town for some dinner and headed home instead of waiting for the moon to rise. It was a good choice since the moon never did make an appearance.

While hiking the primitive loop, I never even bothered to pull out my camera for any photos of the arches since the sky was overcast and gray, so I only have photos of the petroglyph we found near Dark Angel.

You’ve Found Something Unique. This sign was located near one of the many panels of petroglyphs.

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Unique Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Bighorn sheep and an elk with large oval-shaped bodies seem to be walking along the natural crack on the sandstone wall.

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Oval Zoomorphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One of the larger and interesting petroglyph panels found here.

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Busy Dark Angel Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

While searching around the area for more petroglyphs, I found this lone sheep away from all the rest. The cracks and lines through the sheep made for an interesting composition, even though it was a tough to get the sheep to show up well.

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Lines Through Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A panel of petroglyphs located up high.

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Dark Angel High Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the two larger anthropomorphs on the High Panel.

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High Anthropomorphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One of the better preserved bighorn sheep petroglyphs.

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Dark Angel Sheep by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Two round-headed figures holding hands that kind of look like spacemen.

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The Spacemen by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A nice line of large elk.

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Elk Lineup by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

An interesting figure with a few snake petroglyphs next to it.

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Snake Charmer by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A line of anthropomorphs wearing headdresses with a strange figure on the right.

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Party Line by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A very funny looking anthropomorph.

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Funny Looking by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Designs carved into the sandstone.

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Dark Angel Designs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A bighorn sheep that appears to have an atlatl in it’s back.

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Kill Shot by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Even though the Super Moon was a bust for us, we had fun hiking in Devils Garden again and checking out these petroglyphs.

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