Day Trip Spotlight: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
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Day Trip Spotlight: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

If you’re looking for a great day trip or afternoon adventure to enjoy during your stay in Canyons Lodge, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a must-see.

As the name suggests, this state park is home to some stunning sand dunes known for turning a shade of pink in the setting sun. These dunes were formed between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago when the Navajo sandstone cliffs located there eroded. The land became a state park in 1963, making it one of the oldest state parks in all of Utah. It’s also the closest state park to our Kanab Utah lodging.

This unique state park is just 25 minutes from Kanab Utah. While you could easily spend a full day exploring the dunes, it’s also close enough for a quick visit if you’re short on time.

Getting to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is just under 20 miles from our Kanab Utah lodging. The state park is actually almost due west of our Canyons Boutique hotels. However, because of the mountains in between, you’ll head north from our resort before turning to head southwest on Hancock Road around seven miles outside of Kanab. From there, you’ll travel another 9.4 miles, before turning on Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road.

While not quite a scenic drive because of how short it is, this journey still offers some great views.

When to Visit the State Park

As with any location you might visit during your stay in hotels near Kanab Utah, when you visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park will have a big impact on your experience.

During the summer months, it’s not unusual for the temperature to climb into the triple digits. This can make it uncomfortable or even dangerous to explore the dunes, which offer little in the way of shade. This is especially true in the middle of the day. If you do want to explore the dunes this time of year on foot, consider getting to the dunes early in the day or just before sunset when temperatures are cooler and the sun isn’t as harsh.

If you’re dreaming of spending a full day on the dunes hiking and exploring, fall or spring might be a better time to visit. Temperatures during both seasons are mild, making for a more comfortable and safe experience. Winter can be a good time to visit as well, though it’s not unusual for temperatures to be very cold and conditions to be windy this time of year. The region does also see the occasional snowstorm this time of year. 

Unlike the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, this state park does not close seasonally and is instead open to visitors 365 days a year.

Getting Around the Park

Navigating Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is actually very simple. Most of the park’s facilities and roads are concentrated in one very small area. After entering the park and paying the entrance fee, which is just $10 per vehicle, you’ll enter the park’s main compound. Here, you’ll find a small campground, a visitor center, access points for the dunes, and a parking lot for day-use.

To explore beyond this point, you’ll need to head out on food or on an off-road vehicle.

What to Do in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

There are a variety of ways to explore this beautiful state park, including some activities you likely won’t find elsewhere during your stay in the best hotels Kanab Utah has to offer.

Sand Sledding

One of the most unique options, as well as one of the most popular, is sand sledding. You can bring your own sled, or rent one for just $25 per board, per day from the park’s visitor center. After grabbing your board, head to the top of a dune, sit down and slide to the bottom just as you would on a snow-covered hill.

This activity is a must during your visit, especially if you’ve never experienced sand sledding before. If you plan to rent a sled, plan to get to the visitor center early in the day, as rentals are limited. It’s also important to note that on steep dunes, you’ll pick up some serious speed. Consider starting with a less steep, shorter dune first, especially if you’re enjoying some sledding with your kids.


While we might be a long way away from Utah’s ski slopes, a version of snowboarding has made its way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes. 

Another option for racing down the dunes is sandboarding. Sandboards can also be rented for $25 per board, per day from the visitor center. This activity is much more challenging than sand sledding, but if you love snowboarding, consider giving this a try during your visit.


Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is an adrenaline junkies' paradise, and not just because of the sandboarding and sledding. If you’re looking for a heart-pounding adventure to enjoy during your stay in our Kanab Utah lodging, off-roading at this state park is a great choice.

The state park has over 1,200 acres of land that’s open to off-road vehicles. Visitors can bring their own ATV or UTV, or join a tour from one of several local companies.


While it might not get your blood pumping like an off-road adventure, you can also explore the dunes on two feet. While there are no defined trails in the park, guests can wander and hike the dunes as they’d like.

If you’re in a hurry or don’t want to get sand in your shoes, there is a small overlook platform located a short walk from the parking lot down a paved trail.

Planning Your Visit to Our Kanab Utah Lodging

If you’re looking for a great day trip to enjoy during your stay in our Kanab Utah lodging, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a great choice. From its close location to Canyons Lodge to the unique activities you can enjoy, your day or afternoon here is likely to be a highlight of your vacation.

Ready to start planning your next Canyons Boutique hotels adventure? Book your stay at Canyons Lodge today!


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