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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park!
Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit
the treasures of the Southwest.
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Plan your Coral Pink Sand Dunes Vacation with our Utah Maps
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Zion Park 12 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
South Canyon 75 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
In these pages you will find insiders information on Coral
Pink Sand Dunes State Park. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps,
pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds
and things for kids to do.
Making summer memories in the Utah national parks, state parks
and Utah national monuments.
Pink Sand Dunes Map
Southern Utah Map
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
From Zion National Park. Exit Zion Park through the east entrance and drive 12
miles to the junction U-9 & US-89. This is Mount
Carmel Junction. Turn
south on US-89. Turn-off to the sand dunes 3 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction.
Follow Yellow Jacket road for 8 miles to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is surrounded by divergent landscape with undulating humps
of layered desert sand. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the desert.
I walked barefoot - the only way to walk on a muddy road.
-- Laurie Gough
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Among Southern Utah's profusion of mountains, forming some of
the best national parks in the world, is the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. As the only
major dunes on the Colorado Plateau, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes draw numerous
visitors. Southeast of Zion National Park and twelve miles from Mount
Carmel Junction, the giant sand box is set in vacation paradise. Rosy buttes of
sand contrast with remarkable dark colored cliffs, serving as the ideal backdrop
for this Utah state park. Sweeping hills of sand greet visitors to the Coral
Pink Sand Dunes long before the official entrance to the state park. During the
scenic drive to the entrance, pinions and ponderosa pine line the skyline. Just
out your car window, delicate white and pumpkin colored flowers flitter in the
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Established as a Utah state park in 1963, the Coral Pink Sand
Dunes offers an alternative to the towering monoliths and delicate hoodoos of
the national parks and monuments of the area.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes Location
A scenic 8 mile paved road, off US-89, 3 miles from Mount Carmel Junction,
travels to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. The road continues
past the sand dunes entrance, becoming a graded dirt road, and runs through the
Arizona Cane Beds. Driving down the paved road to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes,
tall pine trees decorate the mountains on both sides. Among those forested lands
are 2000 acres of sand for off-road thrill seekers and visitors on foot.
Eroded Coral Pink Sandstone
The Utah state park is a 3730 acre recreation area with over 2000 acres of
sand to play in. Sitting at an elevation of 6000', the dunes enjoy mild winters
and warm summers. Several hundred feet
of sand have laid down along the 200 mile long Sevier Fault. A "notch" between
the Moquith and
Moccasin Mountains direct the windblown sand (the venturi effect) to the southwest
corner of Southern Utah. The reddish colored sand was supplied courtesy of ancient
Navajo sandstone carried from the Virgin
River to the bottom of the
Where Stars Shine Bright
Sun rays bounce off undulating humps of sand all day, but nights have another
story. As the sun fades, the darkened playground grows silent. Quiet, peaceful
and warm. Clear skies grow dark, then slowly light up again. First a scattering
of bright stars, then suddenly millions of brilliant lights twinkle in the black
dome above. This is a wonder for city dwellers, use to city skies, masked by
light pollution. The radiance of a full moon drenches the land, burning in the
ebony sky. Naked toes will delight in a moonlit walk, digging into grainy, tepid
sand. A walk on the dunes at night is magical.