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Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah State ParkCoral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

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 subtle breeze.

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.

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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.

Directions to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes from Zion National Park
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 Park. Lodging for Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes from
Utah Highway 59 & Arizona 389

From Hurricane, Utah take Utah 59 to Arizona 389 just past Colorado City look for the road leading to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. It will come out 3 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah. Do not travel through the dunes when it's been raining or the roads are wet from snow.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes through Fredonia, Arizona
From Hurricane, Utah take Utah 59 to Arizona 389 and travel to Fredonia, Arizona, then to Kanab, Utah. Drive on US Highway toward Mt. Carmel Junction, turning at the signed entranced to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

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Dunes are up to 300 feet at the park

 

Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.

 

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.

The 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.

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