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Southern Utah’s Yant Flat

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Also known as Candy Cliffs, Yant Flat is a hidden gem. Most people have no idea it even exists. So unlike most over-crowded Southern Utah hikes, I’ve never seen more than a couple of people out in the area.

Distance

3.4 miles, or however long you want to hike once you get to the amazing sandstone. 1.5 miles in is when the beauty really starts. Keep in mind that most of this hike is in very deep sand. You have to trudge your way through it, so make sure you’re wearing the right shoes.

The WAve

This is Southern Utah’s closest version of “The Wave” in Arizona. Bonus points: no permit required. It’s also HUGE in comparison.

This trail takes you across the southern slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains. Sandstone layers at the edge of the Colorado Plateau have been pushed up by the underlying volcanic rocks and eroded into domes, cliffs, and canyons.

The layered rock gives a fabulous marbled effect with some of the most incredibly-colored sandstone formations I’ve ever seen.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen a view that literally took my breath away. Yant Flat is definitely one of those.

No better designer than Mother Nature. Can you spot me in the next image?

Just remember, like most Southern Utah hikes, there is no shade. Make sure you hike at an appropriate time and bring plenty of water.

You can literally explore here for hours and never get bored. Everything you see is breathtaking!

Yant flat, man standing on sandstone formations

They call it Candy Cliffs for a reason.

Watch the killer drone video of this hike here:

Directions:

From St George, head north on I-15 for about 13 miles and take exit 22 to Leeds/Silver Reef. Turn left onto Main Street and head north for about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Silver Reef Rd and follow for 1.2 miles until it turns into a dirt road (Oak Grove Road) and continue for about 2 miles.

Map of Yant Flat Trailhead
This is real life! Look at those mountains!
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20 Responses

  1. This looks gorgeous! You have some amazing outings in your own backyard. Love that your dog can enjoy the hike, too. It must be a sweet treat to explore freely.

    1. It’s amazing! Not all trails are dog-friendly but we usually pick off the beating path so we can be leash-free!

  2. Girl, I’ve said it before, but I am so stinking jealous! Totally see why they call it Candy Cliffs, and OMG your dog’s tongue cracked me up, lol.

  3. Extraordinary pictures and descriptions. I want to go! What a beautiful land we live in, so much to explore and see. Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us.

  4. Oh my goodness! That place looks incredible. I can’t believe I had never heard of it until now. Thanks for sharing your great experience and amazing video too!

    1. Thanks so much for the compliments and for taking the time to read! You should definitely check it out!

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