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“Great if you have children or ATV's”

Ranked #13 of 53 things to do in Kanab
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Owner description: Encompassing 3,730 acres at an elevation of 6,000 feet, this state park is the site of a stunning, coral-colored dune field that is surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and juniper forests.
Reviewed 26 June 2011

We went to the Sand dunes with our children ( ages 6,9, 10, and 11). They were a pretty orange color at the time we were there which was late afternoon. The kids had a blast climbing the dunes and rolling down them and even though we only stayed a couple hours, I think they could have stayed all day. At that time of the day we must have been lucky as we didn't run into any ATV's or anything so it was quite peaceful. You won't find dunes like you would in Morocco or Egypt or anything like that, but what there is is quite impressive and nice for something in North America imo.

It's worth a stop if you are going by it and have kids or want to go ATV'ing, and possibly even if you are just adults on your own.

1  Thank Halilee
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

This is a decent side trip if you are in the Zion Canyon area and only takes a little bit of time to see. Having been to the Lake Michigan sand dunes several times, which cover a larger area and are taller, we were more impressed by the color of the dunes than the size.

The park seems to be located in the middle of nowhere as it is several miles off of the main road (US 89). If you are coming from Springdale, this makes for a nice end point if driving the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway. When you get to the Mt. Carmel Junction, turn right at US 89 towards Kanab, drive a few more miles, and turn at the marker for the road to the state park.

As you drive towards the park, you see large sand dunes that were more orangeish than coral pink in the afternoon light but maybe in the evening light they turn pink. There is a $6 entrance fee, a small observation area, and a nature trail that takes about 45 minutes to hike.

1  Thank Jason P
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

My wife and I were staying in Kanab and heard about the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, so naturally we had to check it out. It cost a few dollars to actually go into the park, but it was neat to walk out onto the sand dunes (watch out for 4-wheelers) and enjoy the glow of the sand at sunset. Do your homework as far as driving there (or ask locals) as it is easy to pass up the turn-off from the highway coming north from Kanab.

Thank _0mkq0_
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

We visited this state park on the first day of our vacation, largely because of its proximity to our cabin. It was a lovely, scenic drive along Route 89 and Hancock Road. The park itself is quite small and the visitor center unremarkable. The brochure on the park mentions several hikes that in reality require 4-wheel drive, which was a disappointment. From the visitor center, it's a short drive to the area of dunes where you can explore. Our kids LOVED this area. The dunes were fairly easy to climb and the signs and explanations were very helpful. We spent about 90 minutes and would have stayed longer if it had not been for the high winds and cool temperatures. This isn't an all-day excursion, but it's a great stop, especially with kids.

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Reviewed 10 May 2010

We were staying in Kanab and planned a trip to Zion. Pink sand dunes just sounded like something us Nebraskans had to stop and take a picture of and it was kinda on the way.

I had read that a movie was filmed there. A movie that was supposed to be located in Egypt. Sounded like the kind of sand dunes that I wanted to see.

The lookout point is fine for elderly and slow movers. I wanted to get out and get into the sand! An arduous trek downhill in super-fine, super-soft sand. Just like walking in deep snow. Though, the top edge of the peaks of the dunes are actually firmer than you might think.

Watching the ATV's and dirt bikes made us both wish like heck that we had ours with us. We wouldnt dream of coming back without them! It was a tease to see everyone having fun.

If you care about your camera, make sure it is protected from the intense wind and blowing sand. Plan on getting orange sand out of your shoes for the next couple of days. And, yes, the sand is actually orange, not pink :)

If youre wearing a hat, you just might not have it after this trip. Baseball hats worn backwards. Long hair tied back. It was a cool day in southern Utah, but we both got some sun from the reflection...and we were only there about a half hour.

1  Thank noelle1000
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