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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 in southwestern Utah, United States, located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89 in Kane County. The park features uniquely pink-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 as a result 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 265 acres (1.07 km2), and the total grounds include 3,370 acres (13.6 km2). It was established as a Utah state park in 1963.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima) is endemic to the dunes, being found nowhere else in the world. The park also contains most of the remaining individuals of the rare plant known as Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii), a federally listed threatened species.
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  • I'll preface this review by saying that we went in early September and it was 100 degrees. The dunes are really cool and there were some dune buggy's driving around, but not intereferring with the...  more »
  • Had fun riding the dunes and trails in our side-by-side and we're ready to go back again SOON! Very easy drive from Kanab.  more »
  • Visited this state park many years ago and always wanted to return to explore it on an ATV tour. The park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes ATV tour were a highlight of our summer trip with our...  more »
  • Great dunes, but pictures are a bit misleading.
  • Definitely a Utah treasure! A fun out of the world experience! Bring sleds of sorts, or rent them from the park station to enjoy it a bit more! Worth the money for sure. My dog loved running up and down the dunes. For being 40ish degrees outside, the sand was cold but I was still able to walk around barefoot and take my jacket off. Will definitely have to come back again!
  • I felt like I was in Dubai coming here. Pretty amazing place.
  • I came with my family. It was easy to get to, all the road there were paved. Google tried to get us into a dirt road to have a few minutes off of travel time, thank goodness we ignored it! Everything was well marked and easy to get to. The actual dunes have an area for pedestrians and a separate area for otvs. The area for pedestrians is huge and all of us had a ton of fun playing in the sand. Overall, it was a big win and I'd love to come back.
  • Went on Dec 31. Prob was not able to see the full beauty of the pink hue of the sand dunes due to light dusting of snow. But being able to experience walking and touching the fine particles of sand was definitely an experience. If given the chance i would love to be back to try out the off road vehicle experience going up and down the dunes.

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