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Coral Pink Sand Dunes

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes

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This is a Utah State Park 22 miles west of Kanab. The dunes are a 12 mile paved drive off of US89. Off highway vehicles have about 1200 acres of pink sand dunes to play on plus there are hundreds of miles of adjacent trails. At the visitor center there is a half mile nature trail with informative signs plus campground with restrooms, showers and picnic tables.

The dunes were created by high winds that increase in velocity as they pass between a notch in the mountains enabling them to pick up the pink sand and then deposit it out on the open valley as wind speed decreases.

I drive past this area at least once a year and finally drove in to see it this year. The sand is super fine and the color is striking and there are a couple of really big impressive dunes visible from the observation platform at the visitor center. You can hike anywhere on the dunes but walking through the sand is kinda tiring especially when climbing a dune.

Overall this is well worth taking the 12 mile drive to see.