The Warm Splendor of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

September 16, 2021By Amy

Why is it Pink?

Coral Pink Sand Dunes features sand in a color unlike what one might find at other parks such as White Sands National Park or Death Valley National Park. But you might be asking yourself how it gets its color.

Nearby grasses grow out amid pink sand and cliffs in background

The color of the sand comes from the nearby Navajo sandstone rich in iron oxide that is commonly found in other distinctive neighboring red rock areas. The wind is accelerated through canyons, breaks down the sandstone surfaces, and eventually deposits it into the nearby open valley. Over time dunes are formed when enough sand grains accumulate.

A photographer and model stand on top of sun lit sand dune

Visiting Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Located by nearby larger parks, such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park makes for an excellent quick trip at the end of the day. Sunsets at the park are nothing short of amazing and the reason for many photographers to venture out.

Five off-highway vehicles parked on top of a ridge of a sand dune

For those seeking more adventure, 90% of the park, or 1200 acres,  is open to ATV riding. Many companies in the area rent out vehicles or provide tours for visitors wishing to ride in the dunes.

Others seeking more pedestrian-friendly adventures are free to hike the dunes or experience sandboarding and sledding. The Visitor Center rents boards to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested in learning more about Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park? Consider checking out our video, or get directions, pricing info, hours of operation and much more on our information page. Links below.

Camping Near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park