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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Kade

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89. The park features uniquely pink-hued sand dunes located beside red sandstone cliffs.

The sand is extremely fine. It was a little windy and the sand easily blew off Michael's hand.

Was a favorite film of yours filmed here?

The dunes are formed from the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone surrounding the park. High winds passing through the notch between the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains pick up loose sand particles and then drop them onto the dunes as a result of the Venturi effect.. The dunes are estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 years old.

The park allows camping, hiking, off-road vehicle driving, and photography. There is a conservation area of 265 acres (1.07 km2), and the total grounds include 3,370 acres (13.6 km2). It was established as a Utah state park in 1963.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima) is endemic to the dunes, being found nowhere else in the world. The park also contains most of the remaining individuals of the rare plant known as Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii), a federally listed threatened species.

Ripples in the sand caused by the wind.

Footprints from people walking.

I found it very difficult to walk through the dunes.

Could the beetle have made these tiny prints in the sand?

This looks like fun but...... you have to climb up the hill again. At the park entrance, you are able to rent a "dune board" to surf the dunes.

Now......this looks like fun, too!

How long will it take for my footprints to disappear?

Grand Staircase-Escalante

These nearly two million acres were designated as a national monument on September 18, 1996, by President Bill Clinton. Grand Staircase is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and in 2000, became the first unit of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.

Gorgeous scenery!!!

We are about 8 miles from Page, Arizona.

We will stay in Page tonight.

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