Bayanzag, which means “rich in sexual shrubs”, is more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’, a name penned by the palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andres. First excavated in1992, it is renowned worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area. Which you can see in museums around the world.
Even if you are not a ‘dinophile’, the eerie beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. It’s a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. There’s not much to do once you’re here except explore the area, hire a camel or grab a cold drink from the souvenir sellers who hang out on the edge of the cliff.
A further 22km northeast of Bayanzag is an area of sand dunes called Moltzog Els, which might be worth a visit if you’re not planning to visit Khongoryn Els, Bayanzag is around 90km from Dalanzadgad.