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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
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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
The horned lizard is often called a "horny toad." Not a common site
due to their coloring and habits. The animals name is due to the protruding "horns" above
the eyes and its flat body and eating method that resemble a toad. Although fearsome
looking, the horned lizard eats ants and other slow moving insects and spiders.
In autumn, the lizard will hibernate, by burrowing into the sand. In the spring, they
will come out and warm their bodies before hunting for food.
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Diana's Throne is a fun hike over slickrock that is located across from the
turn-off to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes (3 miles from Mt. Carmel Junction). The
road to the throne is a 4WD road, but it can be walked. There is no
trail on the throne, but hikers scramble up the slickrock where the view of
Zion National Park, in the distance, is outstanding. Rumor says that Diana threw
herself off the throne because the beauty was too much to bear. The red on the
rock is said to be her blood. There is a fun wash to explore behind Diana's Throne
that ends at the entrance to the Barracks.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
At the main Coral Pink Sand Dunes entrance, there is a boardwalk
and trees offering shade. Off-road vehicles are kept in
the distance from those who come to walk and play in the sand. Although
OHV's might be seen in the distance they are not usually heard. The non-motorized
area is a play area for children and a view point for the artist and nature lover.
From this area, hills of sand are viewed, nestled among the mountains. Photographers
sit and wait for the sun to rise over the majestic dunes, that seem to set the
sand on fire. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a favorite spot for astronomy. Throughout
the summer look for posted times for astronomy workshops.
Movie History: Coral Pink Sand Dunes
More than just a sand box for play, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes is famous for
its use in the movie, "The Greatest Story Ever Told." The dunes was
chosen because of its resemblance to the vast sands of Egypt. The cast was filled
with heavyweights of the movie industry: Max Von Sydow, John Wayne, Charlton
Heston, Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters. They played main roles in this
grand portrayal of the life of Jesus. The movie was released February
A Four Season Park
Winter is the time to bring sleds and slide down the rolling hills of snow
covered sand. Photographers revel in the picturesque scenes of winter. Spring
brings warmth and the urge to roll, crawl, dig-in, throw sand and build sand
castles. Summer is when tourists flock to the boardwalk and gaze at the dunes
and cliffs beyond. Youngsters dig deep, finding the cool sand and cover themselves
from the neck down. In the Autumn, the crowds leave once again leaving a peaceful,
relaxing place to unwind.