August 1: Yolyn Am (Ice River, South Gobi)

We continued south to Dalanzadgad in South Gobi.

The steppe was covered with wildflowers, including wild garlic and fragrant herbs.

We spent the night in the hills near Yolyan Am (Ice River) Canyon, in the national park.

Next morning we walked deep into the canyon to see the dramatic cliffs, the ice river, more flowers, and beautiful rocks.

We headed for Khomgoryn Els (Dunes), stopping at a smaller dune area first, where Ursie rolled down the dunes (as one is encouraged to do), requiring an impromptu shampoo afterwards.

We camped this night at Khomgoryn Els under the moon and the stars.