Climb The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Near Kanab, Utah

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a little slice of sandy paradise not too far from Kanab, Utah. 

It’s the perfect stop if you’re passing through Kanab on your way to or from Zion National Park or as a fun stop on a weekend getaway in southern Utah.

You can either climb the dunes or, if you’re an off-road enthusiast, you can drive your off-highway vehicle there! Just remember, if you’re hiking, keep an eye out for vehicles and if you’re on a vehicle, watch out for hikers!

We didn’t spend too long here, maybe a couple hours, but we were able to climb some of the big dunes before wandering around, looking at rocks, and laying in the sand. 

It was kind of a gloomy day when we went, so it wasn’t great for pictures.  If it was, we might have spent a little more time there.  It’s also just really hard to walk in sand and climb these things! 

This definitely wasn’t as difficult as the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. The easiest dunes I’ve been on so far was White Sands. These fall between those two.

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It was a fun little stop.  I’ve wanted to go for a few years, so I’m glad I finally made it.  It’s definitely one of the better state parks in Utah. 

I haven’t been impressed by too many of theirs yet.  Snow Canyon and Goblin Valley are both amazing though, if you were wondering.

While I’m not in a huge rush to go back, I’d recommend a visit if you’re in the area and have some extra time.  A couple hours is plenty. 

If you’re just going to stop and look at them, it’s not really worth it, but if you’re going to hike and climb them a bit, it is. This was a great place to get away from any area crowds in the winter, not that winter here is all that busy but it was perfect when we went.

Where is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park


How to get to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

It’s pretty easy to get to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, but it might not feel like you’re going the right way. 

I know when we went it was pretty dead in the area, being January and all that, but I was questioning whether it was right or not.  It was.  So I’m including directions for you from Kanab and St. George.

Kanab to Coral Pink Sand Dunes

St. George to Coral Pink Sand Dunes


Camping at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

There are 22 campsites at Coral Pink Sand Dunes and they can be reserved here.  The campground has plenty of facilities including drinking water, picnic tables, showers, dump station, and modern restrooms.  There is space for one car at each site.

On the website it looks like all the spaces are pull-through and work for RVs, but I’m not sure of they have hookups. 

Each site is $20 per night.  On the park website it says the old campground doesn’t have hookups, but the new does.  You can find more about that here.

This would be a great place for camping away from the crowds of Zion and Page, which it happens to be a pretty solid, if a little out of the way, middle point for.  Plus, there are tons of other things to do in the area, like visit the Vermillion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, or White Pocket.


What to do at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

There really isn’t all the much to specifically do here, but it’s totally worth at least stopping at to hang out on the dunes to enjoy the soft sand and views for a while. 

As far as dune climbing goes, these are definitely easier than the giants at Great Sand Dunes National Park.


Tips for visiting Coral pink Sand Dunes:

  • The park entrance fee is $8.  That’s why I say only go if you’re hiking.
  • The sand is a good temperature to not wear shoes in the winter, but I can imagine in the summer it gets pretty hot.
  • Wear sunglasses or something to help keep blowing sand out of your eyes.
  • Not a tip, but the dunes can move up to 50 feet a year!
  • The park is about 30 minutes from Kanab and 1 hour and 30 minutes from St. George.  It could be a good stop on a road trip between Page and Zion.
  • The park does have a campground available.
  • If you go in the summer and are just hiking, watch out for the OHV’s (off -highway vehicles.)

Have you been to this park?  What is your favorite state park in Utah?  What are your favorite sand dunes in the US?  The world?

10 thoughts on “Climb The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Near Kanab, Utah

  1. Definitely an apt name for the park, judging by your photos! They look like Something straight out of Africa or the Middle East… your pics would certainly tempt me to visit!

  2. I have lived in Utah for more than half of my life and I have never heard of these sand dunes. They look awesome! 🙂 Will definitely have to check them out.

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