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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
Yes
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall
Spring
Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

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.

Address

Co Rd 43
Kanab, UT 84741
United States

Features

Family friendly
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Flushing toilets
Wildlife
ADA accessible
Guided tours

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

04.29.17
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a very beautiful place. Best to go in winter or other non-peak times because most of the dunes are open to motorized vehicles and this is a favorite playground for the ATV crowd.
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