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Golden Sand Desert

Rig-e Zarrin (Golden Sand) Desert

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Rig-e Zarrin, also known as Moghestan, is located in Yazd province, near Ardakan city. It is interesting to know that the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is divided into northern and southern parts by heights from the middle.

Rig-e Zarrin is one of the most popular deserts among other deserts of Yazd, whose geographical name is Aqda or Siah Kuh Desert, which is known by this name due to the holding of Rig-e-Zarrin camp.

This desert, which is located in Saqand village, is limited to Anarak heights from the north, Grigon and Namak mountains from the south, and to Nogonbad and Nain deserts from the west. It is safe to say that the Rig-e Zarrin desert is one of the most beautiful and spectacular sand dunes in Iran that should not be missed when traveling to Yazd. So join us in this guide to this exciting desert and popular destination on  Iran tours.

Introducing a Guide to Rig-e Zarrin or Moghestan

Another natural asset of our country is the Rig-e Zarrin Desert, which combines the tranquility and silence and the beauties of the desert sand dunes. This desert with hills full of artistic waves is one of the most beautiful and amazing faces of nature between Saqand village and Bafgh desert.

It is necessary to know that the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is surrounded by desert and desert areas, which can also be a part of a trip to this desert and will undoubtedly be a new and attractive experience for you. In the center of this desert, a Siah Kuh with a height of approximately 2050 meters has risen firmly, which is why in ancient times it was called Aqda or the Siah (Black) Desert.

One of the most attractive points of the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is that its general structure is like a horseshoe, with the Siah Kuh in its inner arch. High hills with flat surfaces have caused the Rig-e Zarrin or the Moghestan desert to be of interest to deserters or tourists in recent years.

Golden Sand Desert or  Maghistan

Animal and Plant Cover of Rig-e Zarrin Desert

As you know, a desert is a region without water and grass, which, of course, would not have been called a desert. The Rig-e Zarrin Desert, like other deserts, has very little vegetation with teak trees visible around it. One of the very good properties of Rig-e Zarrin is the growth of medicinal plants such as leeks, cockatiels, wild spinach, and sagebrush, which also have many properties.

Obviously, wherever you travel in the world, you will see birds and animals whose living and physical conditions are ideally suited to the climate of that region. Therefore, when visiting the Rig-e Zarrin Desert, you will see birds such as terns, partridges, eagles, and well pigeons that are filling in the clear blue sky of the desert.

Of course, it is necessary to beware of wild animals such as jackals, hyenas, foxes, and wolves, because they may be seen in some parts of the desert and pose dangers to you. Other animals that may be found in the Rig-e Zarrin Desert include scorpions, snakes, salamanders, lizards, tadpoles, and turtles. So always try to avoid traveling alone in the desert to avoid the dangers of wildlife.

plant cover of Golden Sand Desert

Rig-e Zarrin Desert Tourist Attractions

The growth of the tourism industry and the consideration of the inland deserts of Iran during the past years caused a lot of welfare and recreational facilities to be considered in them. In the Rig-e Zarrin Desert, a camp with the same name was set up, which has played a very important role in the comfort and well-being of tourists, and in addition, has caused many more tourists to travel to this area.

Along with the beautiful landscape of this desert region, one can not neglect night and day photography, night and day sitting around the fire, stargazing, and poetry reading, which make all these entertainments more beautiful. In addition to creating suitable conditions for recreation, rest, and accommodation in the camp, you can also use the main recreational facilities of this desert and enjoy, we will briefly describe each of these recreational attractions.

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Camel Riding

One of the attractive and different attractions of the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is the camel riding in the heart of the desert, which also has many fans. It is safe to say that riding a camel in this desert will be a completely different moment from your other trips and will be one of the most memorable experiences of your trip to Yazd. Of course, we recommend that you seek the help of a guide for riding camels in the Rig-e Zarrin Desert, because you may be lost because you are unfamiliar with different parts of the desert.

Camel ride in the Golden Sand Desert


One of the most enjoyable and exciting things that can be done in the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is Off-Roading. Performing dramatic moves with cars and crossing sand dunes at very high speeds in the deserts in the last few years has caused a lot of fans to descend. You can also experience this exciting fun in the desert of Rig-e Zarrin or Moghestan, which is also fully equipped by the camp. Undoubtedly, Off-Roading in the Rig-e Zarrin Desert will be one of the memorable moments of your trip that you will feel pleasure and excitement in your being for a long time.

landing in the Golden Sand Desert

Quad Biking

Quad Biking is another common pastime in most desert areas, and the experience of excitement, speed, and caressing the face with desert winds are good features of this popular pastime. So if you are one of those people who like to drive very fast and have fun full of excitement, you can ride the four-wheeled motorcycles in the desert of Rig-e Zarrin and go up and down the ups and downs of the desert and have exhilarating moments. Bring for yourself.

Motorcycle riding in the desert

Accessories Needed to Travel to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert

In general, to travel to any other desert or desert of Rig-e Zarrin, it is necessary to have a number of necessary facilities and equipment with you. Because there are no special facilities in the desert, the lack of these facilities may cause problems for you. Therefore, in this section, we have listed some accessories and facilities that are suitable for the climate of that region, so that you can experience a perfect trip with peace of mind.

  • Suitable shoes and clothes: Be sure to choose your clothes according to the season when you travel to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert. But since desert nights are cold, even if you travel to the desert in the warm season, taking off a warm dress will not be without grace. Try to wear shoes and clothes because the desert is full of insects and animals that may harm you.
  • Adequate water and food: As mentioned, the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is far from the city center and access to water and food is impossible. So if you plan to stay in the desert for a long time, be sure to have enough water and food with you.
  • Glasses and sunscreen: Since there may be storms in the desert, glasses are essential for eye care. In addition, as you know, the desert sun is very hot, so be sure to have sunscreen with you to protect your skin from the sun.
  • First Aid Kit: One of the essentials on an out-of-town trip is the first aid kit. Of course, we recommend that you include medications such as chlorpheniramine and dexamethasone in your first aid kit to fight snake, scorpion, or insect bites.

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The best time to travel to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert

As you know, there is a hot and dry climate in the desert provinces of Iran, which will undoubtedly be very difficult and exhausting to travel to some days of the year. In order to be able to experience the most beautiful and heartwarming desert trekking in the Rig-e Zarrin Desert with a temperate climate, the best time to travel is autumn. Because in spring and summer, the desert air warms up and in winter, very annoying winds are blowing in this desert, which makes travel conditions very difficult for tourists.

Access Routes to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert

Since the Rig-e Zarrin Desert is located in Ardakan city in Saqand village, the best access route to it originates from Ardakan city. Therefore, it is necessary to enter the Ardakan-Ahmadabad road and continue the 140 km route until reaching the Rig-e Zarrin Desert.

In addition, you can access this desert from Anarak, for example, you can move from Anarak to the Ismaili village and continue the same route to see the high Siah Kuh located in this desert. In general, all routes from Yazd province to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert are approximately 150 km, which takes about 2 hours.

Access route to the Golden Sand Desert

Tips for Traveling to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert

  • Do not move towards the desert during hot hours of the day.
  • Have plenty of water with you.
  • Before traveling to the desert, check the weather to avoid floods and storms.
  • From the signs that exist, try to stay away from the animals of the Rig-e Zarrin Desert so as not to be harmed.
  • Do not travel to the Rig-e Zarrin Desert alone and be sure to seek help for a tour of the desert.
  • Learn about the symptoms of heat stroke to prevent it.

Rig-e Zarrin Desert Entertainment

The Rig-e Zarrin is full of colorful excitement along with its exciting and attractive silence. The desert camp, which is located in this desert and is known as the Rig-e Zarrin, has provided attractive entertainment for spending time in this beautiful desert. In addition to climbing in the desert, setting around a campfire, watching the stars, and photography in the desert, you can also enjoy activities such as safaris, quad biking, motorcycling, camel riding, and horseback riding in the heart of the desert.

The camp also has a horse breeding station. Flying with a paraglider is another unique specialized pastime in this region. This well-equipped camp has attractive desert units and accommodations, an organic farm, and an independent kitchen for cooking fast food such as pizza in the heart of the desert. The music of musicians is often heard in the heart of the camp.

Friendly epochs and serving charcoal-brewed tea next to a bowl of Yazdi Sholi soup or serving grilled chicken in the middle of the desert will be other lasting memories of this camp. The camp also has a well-equipped cinema so that tourists can enjoy their time in the heart of this golden desert. The suites and campers of the camp are a safe place to spend a desert night.

To get a glimpse of Iran Desert tour consider our two-day Maranjab desert trip.

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