Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, Coral Pink Sand Dunes St. Park is located off of Hwy 89 about 20 miles west of Kanab, UT. The park is a popular destination for OHV's & Dune Buggies. There are 1,200 acres of dunes. Approximately 90% of Coral Pink dunes are open to OHV use. The Coral Pink Tiger Beetle and its habitat are protected under an additional 265 acre conservation parcel of the dunes. We learned that the dunes are created by three factors: sand, high winds, and a unique influence upon those high winds. A notch between the Moquith and Moccasin mountains causes this unique influence. Wind is funneled through this notch, increasing wind velocity to a point where it can carry grains of sand from the eroding Navajo sandstone. This phenomenon is known as the Venturi Effect. After the wind passes through the notch and into the open valley, wind velocity decreases, depositing the sand. Sure wouldn't want to experience the high winds here.
My sister, Linda and her family joined Len and I on this outing. I just couldn't help myself, I had to climb to the top of the sand dune. My nephews, Kolten & Noah tried joining me, but Noah was in sandals and the sand was very HOT and Kolten got overheated, so he had to turn back. They were bummed, as was I, but they were so patient with me as I hurried and hiked to the top of the sand dune. I'll have to say that in the pictures it is hard to see the depth and lines of the dunes, but what a fun workout. It was a nice change from our scenery at Cedar Breaks. It was great sharing this experience with my family visiting from WA.