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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
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

Plan your Coral Pink Sand Dunes Vacation with our Utah Maps and Information

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.

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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.

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Horny Toad

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

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Diana's Throne

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.

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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 15, 1965.

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.



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Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.

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