Yant Flant is becoming an annual trek for us with each trip offering new discoveries in the many canyons, cliffs, and hideaways of this unique landscape. It’s an adventure we look forward to that’s close by, so close in fact, from the higher points we can see the D on the bluff in St. George, landmarks in nearby Hurricane Valley, and the West Temple prominently displayed at Zion National Park.
Yant Flat is not a widely known place, yet it’s one of those otherworldly places that might resemble an alien planet that we often find in remote regions of southern Utah and Arizona. The textures and patterns of Yant Flat are outrageous. It’s cross-bedding gone wild on massive sandstone dunes, domes, canyons, and cliffs strewn across the outskirts of Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and at the foot of Pine Valley Mountain. The trail, Anna’s View Point, is an easy to follow 3.5 miles out and back trail that’s great for families. Once you reach the cliffs (aka Candy Cliffs) you’ll want to be mindful of little children with the many steep slopes.
Yant Flat is located less than an hour from St. George located at the foot of Pine Valley Mountains between the town of Washington and Silver Reef.
How to get there
From St. George proceed north on I-15 to exit 22. Proceed 1.7 miles on South Main Street and turn left onto Silver Reef Road. After 1.2 miles Silver Reef Road becomes Oak Creek Road. Proceed on Oak Creek Road for an additional 2 miles and bear left onto an unnamed Forest Service Road. A high clearance vehicle may be desirable but not necessary on this road. The road is suitable for passenger cars in dry conditions, but can become impassable when wet. Proceed on the FS road for 7.4 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is located on the left with a fairly small parking area, which can be easily missed if you aren’t gauging your mileage.
If you are coming from the north on I-15 take exit 23 and bear right at the exit onto Silver Reef Road.
What to bring Daypack for water, snacks, sunscreen, and camera is sufficient. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. You will be exposed to the sun throughout this hike.
Best time to go Fall through Spring, Summer temps can reach the triple digits
Distance & elevation gain: 3.4 miles out and back, 337 ft elevation gain.
Trail type: Single track out and back with varied terrain of rock, soft sand, sandstone.
Time required: 3 hours
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Seasonality: Year-round; Fall, Winter, and Spring are best time to visit. Road can be very sloppy and rutted in wet conditions and difficult to negotiate.
Bathroom: No restrooms
Water: No water filling stations