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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.

Sandboarding is also a popular activity, sandboards and sand sleds can be rented directly at the park.
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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  • My friends and I had a lot of fun. 100% recommended. I rented a sled for $25 dollars (all day). If you come to the park, I recommend to take your shoes off. It is easier to walk without shoes on the.....  more
    My friends and I had a lot of fun. 100% recommended. I rented a sled for $25 dollars (all day). If you come to the park, I recommend to take your shoes off. It is easier to walk without shoes on the.....  more »
  • We based this park from our guided Jeep tour we ventured out on not far from the Zion Mountain Ranch. During our stay at that certain ranch and also reserving the off road 4x4 Jeep tour, our... 
    We based this park from our guided Jeep tour we ventured out on not far from the Zion Mountain Ranch. During our stay at that certain ranch and also reserving the off road 4x4 Jeep tour, our...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Both kids and adults can play in the sand. The sand is cool in the morning but heats up quickly. The sand is very fine and will get into your sneakers. It’s probably better to go bare foot. It’s pretty relaxed here and isn’t crowded. They only $10 for a regular vehicle to enter this park. There is a large picnic area to enjoy your lunch in the shade. They offer sled rentals too if you are interested. Pretty remote location so most cell phones won’t have service here.
  • So I’ve been to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Therefore I wasn’t expecting much from this place. Boy was I wrong. The dunes themselves are such a unique color. And if you go close to sunset, they seem to change color, which is spectacular. The sand sledding here was great. Perhaps just as good if not better than Great Sand Dunes due to the shorter and easier walk. Regardless, if you are in the area, make sure you stop.

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