Utah is a fantastic state filled with natural wonders, including many beautiful state and national parks. We loved vacationing there!
When we first saw the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah from the air, we could hardly believe our eyes! Not only is this state park a recreational paradise, but its sand is brilliantly colored the most vivid shade of pink imaginable.
My mother, niece, and I were overlooking Bryce Canyon National Park and parts of Zion National Park on a small airplane ride when we spotted this vivid area of pink sand and inquired of our pilot as to the significance.
Being informed that this was the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and understanding that it was very close to a portion of Zion National Park which was on our agenda to visit, we made a mental note to also check out this intriguing state park from the ground when we would be in that area.
Playing in Sand
Have you ever played in sand? As a child did you ever play in a sandbox?
Did you ever build sand castles while on a beach only to watch as the incoming waves made them disappear?
Many of us have had similar experiences in life with regard to playing in sand.
When we saw these brightly colored sand dunes it brought back memories of fun times in the past as well as presenting ideas for pleasure in the here and now.
Climbing to the top of one of these pink sand dunes is not as easy as one might think. The grains of sand move and footprints fill in rapidly as one tries to attempt reaching the top of the dune. But with perseverance and determination that is one of the first things that we accomplished.
The picture below shows my niece successfully sitting on the top of the hill.
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Some Information About the Park
Established in 1963 this Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park consists of 3,730 acres.
Of that over 1,000 acres consist of a giant playground containing some of the following:
- Hundreds of miles of trails
- Nature walks
- Camp grounds
- Off highway vehicle riding
- Great photography opportunities
- Viewing plant and wildlife
Elevation is at 6,000 feet.
Coral Pink Sands
What caused this sand to be so colorful?
The nearby red cliffs of Navajo Sandstone gradually eroded giving the grains of sand this bright hue and prevailing winds blew these small particles into the undulating mounds of sand seen there today.
These crimson colored sand dunes are 10,000 to 15,000 years old!
There is constant movement of these dunes. Movement of fifty feet a year is not unusual!
Wildlife in the Park
Besides rodents, if one is lucky one might spot some of the following:
- Kit Fox
- and Mule Deer.
A conservation area has been set aside within the park.
A Coral Pink Beetle that lives no where else in the world except for here is being protected in the following manner:
An area of 265 acres is set aside prohibiting any motorized vehicles from entering in order to form a protective barrier of sorts around these rare beetles. That accounts for only about 10% of the park being off limits.
In other areas of the park motorized vehicles are permitted. People seem to have a lot of fun riding dune buggies in this park.
For some fun scenes watching an off road motorized vehicle cavorting among the salmon colored sand dunes, be sure to watch the video above.
It starts out at a camp site and the action really starts about 40 seconds into the video.
There are twenty-two campsites set up in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Included are restrooms, showers, waste disposal sites, etc.
Anything from motor homes to tents can be accommodated.
Camping fees are are very reasonable and accommodate RVs as well as those with tents. Day use fees are also extremely inexpensive.
Contact information: P.O. Box 95, Kanab, Utah 84741-0095 Telephone: (435) 648-2800.
While my mother, niece and I just took a quick look at this most interesting park with its undulating salmon colored pink sand dunes, other people obviously stay longer and have more time to play.
We were limited by our two week time frame and our main focus for this vacation was to visit the five national parks in Utah. Had we not viewed this amazing park from the air we would probably have driven right past this area and not become better acquainted with this unusual spectacle of beauty.
Were we ever to return, renting a dune buggy would provide endless hours of entertainment and excitement. Just walking the trails would also be pleasurable.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a State Park in Utah that can provide hours or even days of fun and recreation!
For additional information regarding this park be sure to watch the video below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Peggy Woods