Coral Pink Sand Dunes History
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.
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.
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.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
History of the Thunderbird
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"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park