Located off of Highway 89, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a hidden treasure in Utah. This giant sandbox was officially founded as a state park in 1963, but it's orgin is much more historical. Formed from erosion of Navajo Sandstone, these rolling coral colored dunes are estimated to be 10,000 to 15,000 years old. High winds can change the mountains of sand up to 50 feet per year. The park is home to the tiger beatle and Welsh's milkweed plant, and the 3,700 acres are surrounded by a juniper forest and magestic sandstone cliffs.
If you are looking for a more adventurous experience in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, you can book ATV or horseback exploration. Camping is also welcomed and would sit you right outside the cities of Kanab, Colorado City, and Mount Carmel Junction. Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are all within driving distance.
Yellow Jacket Road is the road to look for when turning off of Highway 89. While driving, you are sure to see your fair share of deer and cattle. If you happen to get some luck, you may even come across a roadrunner or kangaroo rat. The now paved road has been a much traveled path for farmers, ranchers and locals. Many still lead their herds on this road because the park is surrounded by ranching and farm land. Elephant Buttes aren't too far from the Coral Pink Park entrance, nor are the Arizona Cane Beds, and both are worth the extra drive.