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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • Overlook from the park entrance.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Deer crossing Yellow Jacket Road.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Attempting to view the Vermillion Cliffs.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Viewing platform for easy access to the dunes.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • One of many picnic areas in the park.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are quite  beautiful.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • The  scale of the dunes is impressive.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes at dusk.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Towering dunes of pink sand.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Entering Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • One of the areas for foot traffic only.- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful display of colorful sand dunes. Great family spot for camping or a picnic. Located between Zion and the Grand Canyon.
Cons: 
Not much in terms of hiking trails. America the Beautiful passes are not accepted.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter
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Adventure Description

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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. 

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