Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest. And Llamas.

I had been amazed the previous day in Zion National Park, but the hike to Yant Flat was beyond fantastic, instantly becoming one of my favorite places ever. The trail begins about ten miles down the road after entering the Pine Valley Mountains district of the Dixie National Forest and is approximately a mile and a half hike through gradual sandy hills until it abruptly terminates at an unbelievable mass of sandstone formations, most of which are petrified sand dunes. The organic forms and swirled colored sandstone is set against the green of the surrounding forest, the blue of the sky, and the jagged shapes of the mountains beyond, making it seem as though the rock was randomly deposited in the midst of a foreign landscape. Adding to the incredible-ness is the huge scale of the rocks which dwarf you and often made it difficult to pick out a person in a photo. Tom, Terry, and I climbed around for almost an hour; for me, it was like a playground, and I explored much of it, finding hidden patterns in the rock and interesting formations unseen from the overlooks.

Plus, we drove past llamas on the way to the trail. Excellent day.

Llamas, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Llamas, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Llamas, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Llamas, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from the forest road driving into Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from the forest road driving into Dixie National Forest, Utah

Trail to Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Trail to Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Zoom on creamsicle sandstone, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Zoom on creamsicle sandstone, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and Abby walking down, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and Abby walking down, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Closeup of petrified sand dune, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Closeup of petrified sand dune, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

More closeups of petrified sand dunes, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

More closeups of petrified sand dunes, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom walking below, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom walking below, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

How not to be seen. Or, I bet you can't find me in this photo. Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

How not to be seen. Or, I bet you can’t find me in this photo. Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry taking photos, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry taking photos, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Looking back up from the overlook onto Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Looking back up from the overlook onto Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Climbing back up, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Climbing back up, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Looking down on Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Looking down on Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

On ridge above Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

On ridge above Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

On ridge above Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

On ridge above Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah