When you think of coral, don’t you think of something that is rough-edged? Hard as rock? And static? But these are sand dunes. Constantly-changing. Often before your eyes.
The crescent-shaped sand dunes get their name from their colors. Composed of fine, rose-colored granules.
And the rest of the area? Red sandstone cliffs. Sapphire skies. Jade forests. 3,730 acres of breathtaking scenery in southern Utah’s Color Country.
But what causes these sand dunes to form? Eroded sandstone from the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains funnels down through a gash between them and, borne by winds, is deposited here.
The only major sand dune field on the Colorado Plateau.
The result is a wondrous outdoor playground for hiking, OHV riding, camping, photography, and sight-seeing. If you’re an off-road lover, there are more than 1,000 acres of play area. And hundreds of miles of trails nearby.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a fabulous destination in itself. But its location makes it a great place to stop and play while journeying to many of the other sights in the area.
Park facilities include:
The sand comes from Navajo Sandstone. Made up of the same minerals which give us southern Utah’s famous red rock country. These sand dunes are believed to be between 10,000 and 15,000 years old.
The park takes up 3,730 acres. And the elevation is 6,000 feet above sea level.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is located 12 miles (19.3 km) southwest of U.S. Hwy 89 near the town of Kanab right off the Utah-Arizona border. About 22 miles (35.41 km) northwest of Kanab.
For more information, contact:
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
P.O. Box 95
Kanab, UT 84741-0095