By the time I got to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, my excitement at seeing these amazing dunes by the Utah-Arizona border were only overshadowed by my excitement to take a shower. After I got that out of the way, I did the nature walk and knew immediately that I made the right decision in coming here! It was beautiful, intimate and quiet. It was the exact opposite type of environment as the hustle and bustle of Zion.
There is beautiful life in the desert!
“One researcher summed up years of research by stating ripples are ‘mathematically mysterious’.”
The air was the perfect temperature and climbing around the dunes, feeling the silky orange sand on my bare feet was heavenly. I really fell in love with Coral Pink Sand Dunes (which weren’t even pink, but orange) sitting on the observation deck watching the sunset spread out over from the west to the east, burning the sky with fire and smoke.
My campsite, only $14 including the hot shower and entry into the park, had the perfect tree arrangement to set up my hammock. Needless to say, that night I had the most comfortable night’s sleep since I left my wonderful bed at home. The next morning, I time for had another jaunt out on the dunes to climb the biggest one before heading out.
While I tried to visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for a promising hike along a creek and through slot canyons, a gut feeling made me turn around halfway down the dirt road leading to the trailhead and skip it. It’s a good thing I listened to my gut feeling too, because minutes after I turned around a massive storm rolled in out of nowhere and pelted down heavy rain and hail. I almost didn’t make it off the dirt road, fishtailing often the last couple miles and fearing for the worst before finding solid road again. My little borrowed sedan was not meant for those treacherous waters. Instead, I decided to take it easy and head up to the Red Canyon in the Dixie Forest on my way to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Insane storm approaching from behind.
The main town in the area, Kanab, has this huge “K” attached to the side of a mountain overlooking the town.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes Nature Walk
0.5 miles, no elevation change, 30 mins