October, 2017 – During our stay in the area around Kanab, Utah, we took a day trip to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Just like the name of the park, this is an area that is filled with sand dunes that are vibrant hues of orange, pink and coral, depending on the light.
In the distance there were soft, gentle mounds of sand that caught the late afternoon shadows in their grasp.
On the edges of the dunes lots of determined vegetation clung to life in the arid land.
We even spotted a beautiful yellow wildflower that was blooming on a scraggly bush. The wind was whipping and the flower was dancing all around, but for a split second the wind stopped and we got a photo of this one lone flower.
As we looked down at the orange sand, we saw footprints from all kinds of creatures.
Then the dunes opened up before us and they were virgin and pure, showing only the traces of the wind that had left the sand rippled.
This is dune buggy and side-by-side heaven, and the tracks from these machines were visible here and there.
But it was the naturally patterned sand that caught our eyes. We felt like we were the first explorers on the moon as we looked back and saw our tracks in the wind kissed sand.
If you enjoy photography, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a great place to roam around and take pics!
There’s something about a huge open expanse of sand that just begs for a personal imprint. This sand is very light and airy, so the best way to draw was with our feet. I looked up, and Mark was busy drawing something in the distance.
As I got closer I saw what it was…
The amazing thing about these dunes is that the wind never quits and the canvas landscape is forever being erased and made virgin once again.
One particular sweeping crest in the dunes had been attracting us since we first looked out on the vast sandscape.
As we approached we could see that the wind was continually blowing its top off.
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are continually shifting and moving as the wind pushes them, grain by grain, this way and that. The end result is persistent soft mounds and curves that can be tread by feet and wheels every day without ever bearing a permanent mark.
Even as we walked back out of the dunes, we saw our own footprints had already begun to disappear. One grain at a time, the entire playground of dunes was shape shifting.
There is a ton to see and do near this part of Utah, including stunning Zion National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Park, Red Canyon, the slot canyon at Wire Pass Trail, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Old Western Movie Sets and even watching the release of a golden eagle back into the wild.
So when you see the sign for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park whip by on the freeway, it can be all too easy to keep going and skip it, as we have many times. But if you are planning an RV trip to southern Utah, it’s very worthwhile to make the turn and go romp around in the dunes for a while!
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More info about Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park:
- Official Website for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
- Reserve America Reservations for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Campground
- Location of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (Google Maps)
- White Sands National Monument – New Mexico’s Desert Dunes
- Index of articles from our RV travels nearby in Southwestern Utah
- Index of articles from our RV travels nearby in Northern Arizona
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