Bayanzag means ‘rich in saxaul shrubs’, so named for the tree-like shrubs dotting the surrounding landscape that vaguely resemble Joshua trees. It's more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’ thanks to the reddish tint in the soil that glows as the sun falls. It was a name first penned by palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who arrived in 1922 to excavate the area.
Even if you're 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. The cliffs look to be formed by great rifts in the earth, like a layer cake torn open, offset by the surprisingly green valley below. There’s not much to do once you’re here except explore the cliffs – both the rim and the base – or grab a cold drink from the souvenir sellers who hang out on the edge of the cliff.