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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 of Utah, United States, located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89 in southwestern Utah. The park features coral-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 because 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 265acre, and the total grounds include 3370acre. It was established as a Utah state park in 1963.The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima) is an insect species that is endemic to the dunes, being found nowhere else in the world.This state park contains most of the remaining individuals of a rare plant, Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii), a federally listed threatened species.
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  • Utah is a beautiful place to visit.. we love the entire state but have been in Southern Utah the past couple of years.. this Park is a gem with the Pink sands and the dunes. A small museum but wonderf...  more »
  • After navigating the road riddled with potholes (worth it), you stumble upon this beautiful park. As other reviews state, you *can* stop before the park entrance and enjoy *some* of the dunes, however...  more »
  • This was a side trip on a busy day and was amazing to see the sands. We just drove in and stopped for a couple of minutes but it was a beautiful sight. Almost expected camels to stroll past.  more »
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  • I like to visit the Coral Pink Sand Dunes as the sun is setting. The dying light sets the sand "afire" and the temperature gets cool quickly. Give yourself time to hike one of the larger dunes for the best views. This can take upwards of 30 minutes so plan accordingly. Take off your shoes and socks and walk on the sand in your bare feet. It feels great and is good for the skin! Bring water. The pine trees around the dunes can deceive you but this is an arid desert climate. Even in the cool evening you will exert yourself walking around and need to stay hydrated. There is a shaded chowing area if you do not want to hike the dunes. Lots of seating for watching the dunes light up with the sunset.
  • A short 30 min drive from Kanab brings you to this gorgeous sand dune. Great for ATVs and there's even an RV park nearby that seemed busy. It can get really windy and it can be really cold or really hot depending on the weather. I spent around an hour and a half walking around and got on my way back. If you are walking, please be careful of high speed ATVs on the dunes.
  • It's amazingly beautiful even if it's all dunes or sand. The pink color heightens during sunset. It has a nice shaded picnic area and it has a grill station.
  • Unique park. Nicely maintained with walkways and barbecue areas. I highly recommend stopping here if you are on your way to Kanab. It is definitely worth the stop for the unique coloring and setting. Beautiful views.
  • Cool place ... orange sand dunes in the middle of nowhere. If you have ATVs or OHVs this place could be a blast. Obviously super hot in the Summer months, almost unbearable, so keep that in mind for safety.