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Angels' Canyon Loop

Angels' Canyon Loop

2.5h
10.9 km
952m
1,187m
Easy

Things to see

Angels' Canyon
This beautiful little canyon is just an hour away from Yerevan, and yet many people, including locals, have never heard of it. Be among the first to discover Angels’ Canyon!

Just beyond the city of Vedi lies the small town of Dashtakar, a roughly 50 minute drive from Yerevan. Before you enter the gates of the village, you’ll see the first directional sign that points you down a dirt road to the Angels’ Canyon Loop on your left. Drive down this access road following the Barakaghbyur River for a little over 3km until you hit a shallow river crossing and park there, or cross the river if in a 4x4 vehicle. Just after the river, the dirt road leads to the second directional sign and the true start to this loop trail; the loop will bring you back to this second sign at the end of the hike. From this sign, follow the trail to the left to reach Angels’ Canyon (called Hreshtakneri Dzor in Armenian). 

The canyon itself is short but beautiful and quite unique. The jagged red rocks give Angels’ Canyon a Martian-like feel. It’s proximity to the Khosrov State Reserve also means there’s a  variety of wildlife to observe along the way, from the Armenian tortoise, which you may find putzing around your feet, to the steppe eagle soaring high above the ground. 

To continue hiking the trail at the end of the canyon, simply scramble up the rocks to the other side (it’s an easy climb) and follow the dry river bed. While the trail is on the wilder side, it is marked. But if you find yourself in doubt, just follow the clearly visible riverbed or animal paths made by the local grazing sheep (and the GPS tracks in our app). You’ll eventually see another directional sign once you meet the dirt road at the halfway mark. From there, simply follow the sign down the dirt road and from whence you came while taking in the view of the surrounding hills and Mt. Ararat, the national symbol of Armenia, just beyond them.

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