Getting away from it all at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Well…not entirely. You won’t be able to escape off-highway vehicles, or at least their noise, that flocked to the same colorful dunes.

In contrast to Mojave National Preserve in California, our experience in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park wasn’t a peaceful nor quiet one. There was so much noise from ATVs, especially during the weekend. As it turned out Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is all about off-road vehicle enthusiasts enjoying the rides on the sand dunes. I should have known from reading campground review.

Speaking of the campground, it’s a decent place to camp, though a bit narrow and tight for large rigs. Despite being plenty long, campsites were very narrow for our Stimpy. Our site (#17) was not level for most part, so we had to park Stimpy at one end of the pull-through driveway with tree limbs encroaching on both sides. These trees were problems for us to get Stimpy under. It was very tricky and stressful, but David managed to avoid any damages to the coach. Whew.

Our site had tall juniper trees on both sides of the driveway.
It’s amazing that we got into the site without apparent scratches on Stimpy.

As for the sand dunes, the main feature of the park, they were lovely. The coral pink-colored sands (they are quartz sands) are formed from the erosion of Navajo Sandstone surrounding the park. The sands were soft to walk on. The park has a nice Nature Trail with information signs about the dunes and their ecology. Other than the Nature Trail, which is fenced off from all vehicles, you could venture out into other part of the dunes that were open for all off-road activities.

Visitors venturing our into the dunes
Dried rough mulesears flower and its shadow on the surface of undisturbed sands
Walking on the nature trail


Because of limited activities for hikers to do, we probably won’t come back again unless I picked up sandboarding or something (which won’t happen even in my wildest dream).

Note: The nearest town to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is Kanab, Utah. The two main roads to the park from US Hwy 89 are Utah Hwy 43 and Hancock Road. Both of these roads are accessible by big rigs, like Stimpy. There is no cellular signal in the park.


2 thoughts on “Getting away from it all at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

  1. It’s a beautiful place when all the off-roaders aren’t there. My daughter and I camped there last May … it was cold and snowed and we had the place to ourselves.


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