Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Outside Kanab, UT
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Photograph by Daniel Wakefield Pasley

COMPRISED OF DUNES THAT MOVE UP TO 50 FEET PER YEAR DUE TO WIND, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park outside Kanab, UT11Originally settled in 1864, “Little Hollywood” is historically notable as a favorite location of the film industry, especially during the heyday of Hollywood Westerns. was formed by the Venturi Effect. High winds increase in speed as they hit the notch between the Moccasin and Moquith Mountains, picking up particles of the local Navajo Sandstone. As soon as the notch opens up again, wind velocity decreases and the particles are deposited. This is a slow process‚ as one might imagine—the dunes are estimated to be somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 years old.


At just 13.6 square kilometers, CPSDSP is relatively small, but most of the acreage is available for use by off-road recreational vehicles. Notable in “ATV Central” is the “Sand Highway,” a one-way, narrow, winding canyon that is the park’s most popular OHV22Off-Highway Vehicle trail. Park officials do note that “all of the dunes are open for hiking and just playing in the sand, ” though by most accounts the boardwalk is foot travelers’ most common destination.


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