Coral Pink, Utah
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, UT
Name: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Southern Utah, near Kanab
The dune complex is actually a valley in a deep notch between the Moquith
Mountains to the east and the Moccasin Mountains to the north. Its location
serves as a natural collection area for the fine sands blown off the
surrounding mountains' steep red cliffs and outcroppings. The dunes are
surrounded on three sides by roads and on the south side by the Moquith
Mountains and the Moccasin Mountains.
The lower area is under the protection of the Utah State Parks Department;
the larger, upper portion of the dunes and the surrounding land are under BLM
park is a 3,730 acre recreation area with over 2,000 acres of sand open to
OHVs. The area open to OHVs is about six miles long and approximately one mile
wide. Sitting at an elevation of 6,000 feet the park enjoys mild winters and
warm summers. The Coral Pink dunes have laid down several hundred feet of sand
along the 200 mile long Sevier Fault. A "notch" between the Moquith
and Moccasin mountains directs the windblown sand (the venturi effect) to this
. The reddish colored sand is supplied courtesy of ancient Navajo Sandstone
that is carried from the
to the bottom of the Cane beds and the eroding Navajo Sandstone around the
The park is open year-round, but spring, early summer, and
fall are the most ideal times. Memorial and Labor Day weekends are usually
Due to its high elevation the dunes area receives relatively
high precipitation and as a result, has surprisingly abundant plant life, such
as Ponderosa pines, tall dune grasses and many wild flowers in the spring.
Elevation - 6000
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Directions to Coral Pink:
Kanab, Utah: Take Highway 89 north for 10 miles to Hancock Road,
designated a Scenic Backway. Hancock Road is seven miles long and meets at a
"T" with Yellowjacket Road. Turn left (south) onto Yellowjacket.
The main park entrance is five miles up on the left.
From Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks: Take
Highway 89 south past Mount Carmel Junction. Six miles farther south, watch
for Coral Pink State Park signs that lead you to Yellowjacket Road. Take
Yellowjacket and follow the signs to the Coral Pink State Park headquarters
Directions - Mapquest.com
Dry Lake Camp - N37°03.992', W112°42.315'
Park Entrance - N37°02.188', W112°43.997'
North Dune Overlook - N37°03.556', W112°42.007'
Hwy 89 and Hancock Rd. - N37°08.815', W112°34.142'
Coral Pink Camping Areas:
Camp - Utah State Parks
The state park has a well-maintained campground in a wooded area. There are 22
pull-through RV Trailer Sites with picnic tables and a barbecue grill; open
year round (though the water is shut off from November to May);
800-322-3770 (Monday-Friday); $14/night.
- Restrooms w/showers
- RV Dump (available for $5 for people camping at the Dry Lake)
- Ice and firewood is available.
- Quiet hours enforced 10pm - 9am (no night riding).
- Hiking - boardwalk, overlook trails, and a nature trail.
Camp "Meadows" - BLM
On the northern end of the park a large open area coined the
dry lake bed sits on BLM land. From the intersection of Hancock Rd. and
Yellow Jacket Rd. travel 1/2 mile towards the State Park on Yellow Jacket
Rd. The Dry Lake area is on the left. People are allowed to camp here for free,
however, there are no facilities and no quiet hours. BLM is very
sensitive about this area. If you want to keep it open, please follow
a few simple rules:
- Do Not Dump Gray Water.
- Fires allowed in metal containers only. Do not dump coals.
- No trash collection. Pack it in. Pack it out.
- Do not ride is areas closed to OHVs.
The area by the tree in the Dry Lake bed was closed in 2005 to
camping. BLM will close more area if people do not follow the rules.
The Dry Lake is surrounded by a Wilderness Study Area. Please do not
ride in areas closed to OHVs.
Grove Campground - BLM
Located on Hancock Rd. between Hwy 89 and Yellow Jacket Rd. OHV
access is no longer allowed from this campground. No ATVs allowed on Hancock Rd. Access
to the dunes is prohibited by an emergency closure along the south edge of
the Hancock Road.
- Pit toilets.
- No water
- 20 ft. max. RV length.
- Sand Collection from around the world
- T-shirts & hats
Nature Trail - Utah State Parks
Fees (for Utah State Parks access only)
Day use - $5
Coral Pink Sand Dunes - Why Here?
The sand found at Coral Pink Sand Dunes comes from eroding Navajo Sandstone
cliffs found to the south.
The gap between the Moquith Mountains (left) and Moccasin Mountains (right)
creates a funnel for the prevailing wind. This constricting notch increases wind
velocity to a point where it can carry sand grains. Once the wind passes through
the notch, the wind velocity decreases and the sand grains are deposited at
Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
The Sevier Fault runs directly below and is responsible for the valley where
the dunes are now found.
- "Sand Highway" - One-way, narrow and windy marked
trail in a small canyon along the edge of the dunes.
- South Boundary Trail - Along the eastern side of the main dune
area. One-way marked trail that is several miles long.
- Elephant Butte Trail - starts 4 miles south of the park entrance
and connects with the Barracks trail (after 8 miles), both paths boast of
- Barracks Trail - starts about one quarter mile south of the
junction of highways 9 & 89 at Mt. Carmel Junction. 5.2 miles long, will
take you to some great views of Zion
National Park and the White Cliffs.
Patrol October 1998 Campfire Tales - 4x4 trails in the Moquith Mountain
- Sand Springs Route - Main access road into Moquith Mountain WSA.
Access via Hancock Rd.
- Indian Canyon Petroglyph Route - Located 4 miles northeast of
the dunes. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a
little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to petroglyphs
Kane County has done a fabulous job marking OHV trails in
and around Coral Pink. Unfortunately, the BLM is making it confusing
for users by posting closed signs next to some of the Kane County trail
The issue is protecting the area within the Moquith Mountain
WSA. This area has not been designated as Wilderness, but must be
"protected" by the BLM until Congress does something to either
designate or free it up.
What can you do to help keep Coral Pink open to OHV use?
Send a quick note to Congressman Jim Matheson asking him to
sponsor a bill that would release Moquith Mountain WSA.
Main points for your letter:
Mountain WSA was determined by the BLM to be not suitable for Wilderness
BLM is severely limiting OHV and camping access at
Coral Pink based on the need to protect the WSA.
Releasing the WSA will make it easier for BLM to do
Send your letter to:
Congressman Jim Matheson
1222 Longworth HOB
Phone - (202) 225-3011
Fax - (202) 225-5638
More info on
Wilderness Study Area Release
Other Photos (click to enlarge):
- Kanab UT
Nearby Parks, Monuments & Things to Do
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes is central to the great National Parks and
National Monuments of Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Southern Nevada.
Movies Filmed at Coral Pink Sand Dunes
- Arabian Nights - 1942
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - 1943
- Timbuktu - 1959
- MacKenna's Gold - 1969
- One Little Indian - 1973
Services in Kanab:
- Kanab ATV Rentals
(Anasazi ATV Rental) 435-644-8799 or 877-837-4032
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