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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Kanab

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a state park in southwestern Utah, United States, located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89 in Kane County. The park features uniquely pink-hued sand dunes located beside red sandstone cliffs.

The dunes are formed from the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone surrounding the park. High winds passing through the notch between the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains pick up loose sand particles and then drop them onto the dunes as a result of the Venturi effect. The dunes are estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 years old.
The park allows camping, hiking, off-road vehicle driving, and photography. There is a conservation area of 265 acres (1.07 km2), and the total grounds include 3,370 acres (13.6 km2). It was established as a Utah state park in 1963.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima) is endemic to the dunes, being found nowhere else in the world. The park also contains most of the remaining individuals of the rare plant known as Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii), a federally listed threatened species.
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  • On our way to Kanab we saw a sign pointing to Coral Pink Sand dunes, we decided to make an unplanned pit stop. Great choice! We rented a sand board and had fun sliding down the dunes. Worth the time!  more »
  • We walked around here and thought it was cool! The sand has such a beautiful color and its cool to learn about how they formed. We had our dogs and they had a blast running and digging in the sand...  more »
  • Great dunes, but pictures are a bit misleading.
  • Definitely a Utah treasure! A fun out of the world experience! Bring sleds of sorts, or rent them from the park station to enjoy it a bit more! Worth the money for sure. My dog loved running up and down the dunes. For being 40ish degrees outside, the sand was cold but I was still able to walk around barefoot and take my jacket off. Will definitely have to come back again!

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