Visitors from St. Louis! Revisiting Yant Flat and Ashdown Gorge with Nancy and Tim

We were so excited when we heard Tom’s niece Nancy and her husband Tim were coming to Utah. They had graciously hosted us twice at their house in St. Louis, showing us (mostly me) around the city and taking us downtown to the Gateway Arch, and we so happy to be able to return the favor and get to spend time with them. Tom drew up the hiking itinerary choosing two unique hikes which happen to be two of our favorites: Yant Flat and Ashdown Gorge. We also made a brief stop in the red cliffs while we were driving through the national forest on the way to Yant Flat.

I’m not going to post a lot of the photos I took since I’ve already shared photos of the three places before. Just kidding. But I am going to attempt to not show you duplicates of things you’ve seen before. But there were some differences that make some of these places worth showing again: At Yant Flat the lower sun and late hour of the day intensified the colors of the peach and cream sandstone and in the two weeks since I’d hiked the Rattlesnake Trail the aspens leaves had ripened into fiery yellow. Also, this time I knew the water levels were going to be low while hiking through Ashdown so I brought my regular camera with the larger lens that could better capture the scale of the gorge. Plus, I have photos taken by Tim and Nancy too. So no, I’m not really going to only post a few pictures, but hopefully they’ll be a bit different.

I’m pretty sure we all had a great time: The company was excellent, the scenery great, and the weather perfect. It was a lot of fun too, pointing out neat things and finding details none of us had seen before.

Overlooking Silver Reef and the Red Cliffs, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Overlooking Silver Reef and the Red Cliffs, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and I and Abby at the Silver Reef overlook, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom and I and Abby at the Silver Reef overlook, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from climbing the sandstone, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from climbing the sandstone, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

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

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

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Me at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Me at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ephemeral pools, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ephemeral pools, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from the top of a butte, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

View from the top of a butte, Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Late day sun making the colors vibrant at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Late day sun making the colors vibrant at Yant Flat, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Walking back from Yant Flat looking at the Pine Valley Mountains, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Walking back from Yant Flat looking at the Pine Valley Mountains, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rest stop: Tim, Terry, Nancy, and Tom, Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rest stop: Tim, Terry, Nancy, and Tom, Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

An old carving I hadn't seen last time, Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

An old carving I hadn’t seen last time, Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy and Terry crossing the big meadow on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy and Terry crossing the big meadow on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Crossing the big meadow on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Crossing the big meadow on the Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Rattlesnake Trail, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Descending into the gorge, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Descending into the gorge, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry and I, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Terry and I, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy's picture of all of us, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy’s picture of all of us, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Walking through Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Walking through Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy and Tim, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy and Tim, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy and Abby, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah (photo by Tim)

Nancy and Abby, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah (photo by Tim)

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim and Nancy, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim and Nancy, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim hiking in the side canyon to the waterfalls, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim hiking in the side canyon to the waterfalls, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim and Nancy looking up, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tim and Nancy looking up, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom's photo of us in Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Tom’s photo of us in Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy, Tom, and I, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Nancy, Tom, and I, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness, Dixie National Forest, Utah