Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

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12500 Sand Dune Road, Kanab, UT, USA

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Kanab Reviews

vances vances
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Pretty in pink (and white) Jan 01, 2017
One does not tire of the pretty reddish pink tints of Navajo sandstone around these parts. Much like Antelope Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes is another natural area featuring an unusual geologic formation, branded by the familiar warm colors which trademark so much of the region. The dunes were, in fact, created from eroding sandstone and deposited here because of the choke point created by a wedge through sandstone cliffs in the neighborhood. Not only did this craft the sweeping dunes (estimated to be between ten and fifteen thousand years old), it means there are plenty of beautiful sandstone cliffs to gaze upon as you scamper around the splendid setting.

We may not have scrambled about so much since the dunes were largely covered by snow, but that offered another dimension of glory and we thoroughly enjoyed it. After paying up at the front gate (I was impressed to see the state park staffed up on New Year’s Day), Sima and drove to dunes recommended by the ranger and enjoyed checking the space out. Coverage from recent snows were a bit heavy, unfortunately, so we did not tarry and soon returned to the ranger station.

The ranger station became a secondary treat to savor. There were several interesting displays revealing unique flora and fauna at the site, including the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, a colorful critter which exists nowhere else in the world. We found the one ranger was friendly and knowledgeable and chatted with him a bit over their fascinating collection of sands from around the world – a grand collection of bottles filled with specks from famous deserts around the globe. Many of these were mailed to the state park from visitors after they had returned home!

A beautiful and interesting site which deserves a visit if in this neck of the woods.
The sign says it all.....
Not so coral pink today, if you ge…
The sand dunes are framed by mount…
Looking up at Coral Pink Sand Dunes
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walterman9999 says:
Been there long ago, neat place!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2017
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