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.  You can either climb the dunes or, if you’re an off-road enthusiast, you can drive your off-highway vehicle there!

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.

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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.

Where is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

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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

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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.

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What to bring camping in Utah

NatGeo National Parks Book – This is one of the best national park guidebooks and I take it on all my park trips.  Plus, it’s got the nice glossy pages.  Buy the book here.

Hiking poles – These will be helpful on longer hikes that are on the steeper side.  They’ll be good if you have bad knees for when you’re going downhill and will give you something to lean on going up the hills.

Snacks – These are more important for long hikes, but you never know when you’ll get hungry!  I like EPIC bars (kind of like beef jerky but different), Sahale nut mix things, and Moon Cheese.  There’s always the good old Clif Bars and trail mix, too.

Water bottle – It’ll be hot and humid and you’ll need to stay hydrated.  A Hydro Flask will keep your water ice cold all day long.

Sunscreen – If you plan on being outside, you’ll want sunscreen.  I like the Neutrogena a lot, but if you’ll be visiting a beach soon, you’ll want a reef-safe sunscreen.

Hat – You’ll want some kind of hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.  A baseball hat should be fine but a bucket hat or sun hat could help keep the sun off your neck.

Sunglasses – This is a must, especially with the strong desert sun.  Sunglasses are best paired with a hat on those really bright days.

Light Jacket – Because you just never know.  Weather can change quickly depending on where you are and if you’ll be in any slot canyons, they can get cool depending on the time of day and season.  I usually use my rain jacket for this.

Headlamp – I tend to carry my headlamp around all the time when we’re hiking.  This isn’t the exact one I have, but it’s similar and if I needed to replace mine, I’d probably get this one.

Tent – I love the REI Passage 2 tent for one or two people.  It’s small and fairly light.  If you need a four-person tent, I’d go with this one, the REI Half DomeYou can check out my tent here.

Sleeping pad – Gotta make the tent comfy!  The one I have isn’t available anymore but this one is similar.  It’s self-inflating and just needs a little help filling all the way.  Buy the sleeping pad here.

Sleeping Bag – I have the Nemo Viola 35 and love it because it’s not as restrictive as the mummy bags.  It has ventilation slits for those warmer nights.  Check out my sleeping bag here.

Puffy quilt – If you’re a really warm sleeper and visiting in the summer, a puffy quilt might be a better option.  I prefer this for hotter nights.  Check out the Rumpl camp quilts here.

Pillow – If you’re just driving, I’d just bring a regular pillow, but if you’re flying then renting a car, you might want a smaller pillow.  This is a good non-inflatible option.  Here is a good inflatable option.

Camp chairs – If you plan on doing a lot of camping outside of this trip, and backpacking especially, the REI Flexlite chairs are great choices.  Check out the camp chairs here.

Lantern – I love having a lantern for in the tent at night, reading in the dark, or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  The LuminAID is my favorite and you can charge your phone on it.  Buy the LuminAID lantern here.

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

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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. 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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