Friday, May 25, 2012

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in southwestern Utah is a quiet little park that is worth the short drive. It is located on Highway 89 between Kanab and Mt Carmel Junction. There is not a lot to do there. It's quiet except for the wind. There probably won't be many people hanging about, although there is a campground. But it is interesting to see the dunes blowing up through the valley. Always changing but timeless. The sand seems oddly colored compared to the lighter colored sands in the surrounding desert. There is a small observation deck and a trail that will take you close to the best bachans. You can also search for the rare, endemic coral pink sand dunes tiger beetle, which of course I tried and failed. I suggest bringing a picnic and going for a short hike.

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