An off-the-radar expanse of photographic bliss, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is where weekend warriors can leave footprints in soft sand. Walk among old juniper, and pinion and ponderosa pines. Then take your shoes off to leave footprints in the orange-red sand dunes. These geological oddities were formed by the continual erosion of the nearby Navajo sandstone cliffs.
Coral Pink covers 3,730 acres. The sand dunes are open for hiking and kid-friendly playing. About 90-percent of the dunes are open for ATV riders, an attraction for which this state park has become ever popular. Coral Pink is an excellent addition for travelers on Utah's Road to Mighty visiting Zion National Park, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell. Make a reservation on the Utah State Parks reservation site.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is approximately 310 miles south of Salt Lake City. From Kanab, follow U.S. Hwy 89 north for 10 miles to Hancock Road Scenic Backway. Follow the signs west into the park. You will intersect Yellowjacket Road; turn left, and the park entrance is five miles up on the left. The road is paved all the way to the parking lot.
Open daylight hours, seven days a week. Make a reservation on the Utah State Parks reservation site.