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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Coral Pink Sand Dunes Near Kanab, Utah

Acres of land to ride!
Acres of land to ride!

Even some tall dunes to climb.
Even some tall dunes to climb.



There's even some forest trail riding.
There's even some forest trail riding.

Great scenery await you.
Great scenery await you.
If you are looking for a great place to ride with plenty of scenery, check out Coral Pink Sand Dunes near Kanab, Utah. Southwest Utah is famous for it beautifully colored sandstone formations. Well, lucky for us, when sandstone erodes over thousands of years, it creates a magnitude of sand. Throw in a little wind, and you have some awesome sand dunes in one of the most scenic areas in the country. All vehicles, with the exception of passenger vehicles, are welcome in the dunes. So bring your ATV, UTM, or Jeep, but leave the Buick at home. There is riding for everyone at Coral Pink Dunes. The dunes just west of the park run 60’–70’ tall and are crescent shaped, offering some nice berms. At the north end of the area, the sand has blown up against the hillsides providing some nice hill climbs. If you want easy trails through the pines, head to the south end of the riding area. Small rolling hills for mom and the kids are everywhere in between. The sand is very fine, so bring your paddle tires if you want to climb the biggest hills. The Park encompasses 3,730 acres with the majority available for ATV play. State Park day use fees are currently $6.00/day which include use of the restrooms and picnic area.

Camping:

Park facilities include a 22-unit campground, paved spaces, fire rings, picnic tables, modern restrooms, hot showers, sewage disposal station, and a viewing platform overlooking the dunes. Current camping fees are $16.00 / night.

  • Stay Limit: 14 Days
  • Maximum RV Length: 32 feet
  • People per campsite: 8
  • Quiet hours: 10:00 pm to 9:00 am

Getting There:

From Highway 9 and 89 in Mount Carmel Junction travel southwest about 4 miles to Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road. You will reach the park in approximately 11 miles. From Highway 89 and 89A in Kanab head north almost 7 miles to Hancock Road. Travel west on Hancock Road for about 9 miles to Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road. Turn left on Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road, and you will reach the park in just over 2 miles. If you wish to avoid park fees, there is a (non fee) public entrance just north of the park.

Services:

The nearest full-service town is Kanab. Food, Fuel, lodging, and groceries are available along with ATV rentals if you didn’t bring your own.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Vehicles must remain on the pavement within developed areas of the park
  • Speed limit in the park is 15 mph; 5 mph in the campground; 30 mph on country roads
  • Camping is allowed only in designated campsites
  • It is unlawful to remove, destroy, or molest all plants, animals and minerals in the park
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Fires can be built in specified locations only
  • Pets must be on a 6-foot leash
  • Firearms are prohibited
  • Dumping waste water is prohibited
  • Dune riding time is from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • All vehicles on dunes are required to have a whip flag
  • Stay at least 10 feet from all vegetation
  • Stay at least 100 feet from pedestrians
  • No vehicles are allowed in the fenced natural areas of the dunes
  • All operators and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet

For Additional Information:

Coral Pink Sand Dunes
P.O. Box 95
Kanab, Utah 84741-0095
(435) 648-2800 http://www.utah.com/stateparks/coral_pink.htm

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the sand.


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