A .5 mile trail is located in the main day use area, near
the park entrance. Small wooden signs describe vegetation along the trail. If
a longer walk through the sand is what you are looking for, try the 5.5 mile
trail. This trail also begins at the day use area and continues around
the edge of the dunes.
The South Fork Indian
Canyon Petroglyphs Trailhead
is four miles northeast of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. There are Tour
Guides that take groups to this
area or you can attempt the 4WD trail and find the petroglyphs on your own.
Two unnamed canyons
can be found at the Southfork of Indian Canyon and a host of vegetation and wildlife.
A special GPS device to explore the Dunes: Go to the Visitor Center to get a GPS unit with programmed signs. This is a fun way to explore the park!
Sand Boards, Sleds & Tubes
These can be seen on the dunes, and in the winter tubes are tied to the back of host vehicles dragging riders behind.
The Dunesday Xtreme Triathlon
The triathlon at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a new, but planned to be an annual event. Each participant must bike, run and sandboard the mile and half long course. The first event took place in November. The state parks is 3, 730 acres The 1963 established park - The Coral Pink Sand Dunes is divided in two sections, one
for foot travel and the other for motorized vehicles. There is a trail leaving the Boardwalk in the foot travel area. The state parks is 3, 730 acres of which 2,000 is used for off highway vehicles. The beautifully colored pink sand is brought from the Virgin River and from eroding surrounding mountains, and then laid down at the bottom of the Cane Beds. Iron oxide and minerals pull from their original form and saturate the sand giving it a pinkish coral color. The park sits at 6,000 feet, and piles of sand dunes soar up to 300 feet.
Directions to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Plan your Coral Pink Sand Dunes Vacation with our
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.
Hiking at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Lodging 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.
GPS coordinates are only references and may or may not be accurate. - Do not rely on GPS coordinates as the sole method of navigation. Always have an accurate, detailed map at hand and have the proper map reading and navigation skills before setting out on any hike. Many of the hikes listed in this guide travel into canyons where a GPS has limited capabilities. Always check your position with a detailed map before dropping into a canyon.
Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author, Tanya Milligan.
Gear: Rope, webbing, harness and rappelling device. A sturdy pair
of shoes are recommend for canyoneering in Zion . Quality
shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury. Experienced Zion hikers and
canyoneers like the Sportiva Exum Ridge. This shoe is great for hiking, bouldering