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Coral Pink Sand Dunes Dinosaur Tracks

After many years of gallivanting, grazing, and 4-wheeling in an area of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes about the size of a football field, all of a sudden - dinosaur tracks are seen! The BLM has recognized this very special area and has blocked off the normally traveled area to preserve the tracks of ancient reptiles that once roamed the planet we live upon.

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Day Hike: Yes
Distance: Half mile
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy.
Trailhead: Coral Pink Sand Dunes Visitor Center
Trailend: Same as trailhead.
Trail Access: Year-round, but the dirt road could be hard to travel if there is rain or melting snow.
Off the Beaten Path: yes
Best Season: Year-round.

Directions - The new discovery tracks are easy to get to from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Set your odometer and drive 3.5 miles south on the paved road, headed toward Cane Beds. After driving 3.5 miles, turn left at the dirt road you will see at that point. Stay on the most traveled dirt and sand road (4WD required) for 2 miles until you arrive at the wooden barrier fashioned by the BLM. Park and walk into the slickrock bowl. Look for dinosaur tracks immediately after passing the fence, but the majority are found on the right side as the slickrock wash as it begins to open. If it is winter be careful of the ice that forms in the ditch just past the fence. Have fun but remember to tread lightly! Do not step upon the tracks left from millions of years past.

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gps coordinatesWhite rings - You will see the rings around some Dilophosauripus type tracks, which was caused by vandalism as amateurs attempted to mold the tracks. Treat these preserved raised-relief tracks at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes as you would a precious artifact in a museum. 

GPS Coordinates WGS84 Datum

Turn off from Dunes Road
37°01.464 N
112°47.635 W
Parking
37°00.168 N
112°48.750 W
Dinosaur Tracks
37°00.165 N
112°48.834 W

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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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