For a Spectacular Sunset: Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah© 2009 iStock/ValuePixWind deposited and shaped the pink sand over the ages.

South of Mount Carmel Junction

You will hear the sound of revving motors here, because the 2,000 acres of rolling dunes in this 3,730-acre park attract dirt bike and dune buggy enthusiasts from far and wide. The sand is extremely fine, and off-road vehicles should have paddle-type tires.

The coral-pink dunes are beautiful, especially just before sundown, when they come alive with shifting shadows. Backpackers will find the campground here an excellent staging point for challenging, unmarked hikes through butte and mesa country. Be wary, however; rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and scorpions thrive in this desert climate.

A 256-acre conservation area prohibits motorized vehicles in order to protect the coral-pink beetle, found nowhere else in the world. Birders are likely to see scrub jays and hummingbirds.

Park and campground open year-round. Admission charged.

(435) 648-2800

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