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Over 3,000 acres of pink sandy adventure.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

A unique opportunity to sled and shred on some sand boards.

Elevation: 
6,000 Feet
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, located in south-central Utah near the town of Kanab, is a one-of-a-kind destination for anyone looking to explore and experience the beauty of the American Southwest. This stunning park spans 3,730 acres of red sand dunes, providing visitors with an awe-inspiring landscape that is unlike any other.

geology

Geologists are drawn to the park for its unique geologic features, including sandstone canyons and arches that have been carved out of the Navajo sandstone by wind and water erosion and through minerals like iron oxide which is rust and this gives the nearby red rock their distinct color. The dunes themselves are made up primarily of quartz grains, which give them their distinctive pinkish-orange hue. High winds have eroded the surrounding sandstone formations and have made some of the sand hills as high as 50 feet tall. Visitors can learn more about the park's geologic history and some of geologic history of Utah by taking a guided tour of the area.

history

The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, foxes, coyotes, snakes, jackrabbits, bobcats, ring-tail cats and lizards. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of birds in the area - from hawks to quails to doves to bald eagles. One of the more unique creatures found at the state park is the Coral Pink Tiger Beetle. One of the rarest insects in the United States, the Coral Pink Tiger Beetle has a very small geographical range and is currently on the endangered species list. Visitors can also explore the trails that traverse the dunes or venture off-road on ATVs to discover the area's hidden beauty.

Wildlife

The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, foxes, coyotes, snakes, jackrabbits, bobcats, ring-tail cats and lizards. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of birds in the area - from hawks to quails to doves to bald eagles. One of the more unique creatures found at the state park is the Coral Pink Tiger Beetle. One of the rarest insects in the United States, the Coral Pink Tiger Beetle has a very small geographical range and is currently on the endangered species list. Visitors can also explore the trails that traverse the dunes or venture off-road on ATVs to discover the area's hidden beauty.

Activities

  • Off-roading: ATV / UTV
  • Hiking
  • Sandboarding
Sections of the dunes are open to off-road ATV/UTV experiences. Visitors may also walk and play on the dunes. One of the most popular activities at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is sandboarding. Visitors can rent boards from local outfitters to ride down the dunes, using the same techniques as snowboarders or skiers. It's a thrilling adventure that allows visitors to experience the park in an entirely different way - gliding over its pink sand and taking in breathtaking views.

Planning your trip coral pink sand dunes state park

Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a great destination for both outdoor adventurers and nature lovers alike. From its stunning red sand dunes to its rare wildlife, there's something here for everyone. Visitors planning a trip to the area should be sure to check out all of the park's amenities and activities. Whether it's sandboarding down the dunes, spotting wildlife or exploring the area's geology, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is sure to provide a lifetime of memories.

lodging/camping

Hotel, motel, vacation rentals, and glamping lodging services are available in Kanab, Utah and the communities just east of Zion National Park. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park also offers camping facilities for visitors who wish to stay longer and explore the area further. The campground features electrical hookups, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, fire pits and much more. There are also restroom and shower facilities available. Additionally, there are a lot of dispersed camping spots throughout the park as well where visitors can enjoy the great outdoors without having to worry about reserving a spot in advance.

dining

All of the dining options are located outside of the park in Kanab, Utah which is a 25 minutes drive. Here, visitors can find a variety of restaurants offering everything from burgers to Mexican food. Visitors should also check out some of the local stores which offer unique souvenirs and gifts that capture the beauty and spirit of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Fees/permits

There are vehicle fees, and fees for walking or riding into Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Rates and other specifications change occasionally so it is best to find this information on the state park website.

Pets

Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on no longer than a 6-foot leash and any waste should be disposed of properly. Additionally, pets must remain under control at all times and owners are responsible for any damage caused by their pets.

SEASONS

The park is open year-round during daylight hours. Spring, fall, and early summer are the best time to visit the park. Summer temperatures and the sand can get very hot. In the early summer (June) there are beautiful wildflowers that blossom. Winter in Southern Utah is mild yet chilly and not a bad time to explore the park.

NEARBY TOWNS / CITIES

  • Kanab
  • Mount Carmel Junction

Nearby Attractions

  • Sand Caves
  • Belly of the Dragon
  • Best Friends
  • Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
  • East Zion Adventures
  • Moqui Cave
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park

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