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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Pinkish sand worn from surrounding cliffs and carried by the wind have created over 3,000 acres of sand dunes, some several hundred feet high, in the distinctive Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. You can explore the dunes on foot or cruise them on dune buggies, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. The park is especially attractive at dawn and dusk as the light and shadow accentuate the color of the sand.

The area is a rather distinct ecosystem. The park's sand dunes are created because a notch between the Moquith and Moccasin mountains funnels the prevailing winds, increasing their velocity to a point where they can carry sand grains in what is called the Venturi Effect. Eroding Navajo Sandstone formations surrounding the park and the presence of iron oxide in the sand account for the unique color of these dunes.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are located about 27 miles northwest of Kanab, Utah, along the Arizona border towards the southwest corner of Utah. The entire Coral Pink Sand Dune area is approximately 3,500 acres. The northern part of the dunes (approximately 1,500 acres) is managed by the BLM and is included in the Moquith Mountain WSA. The southern portion (approximately 2,000 acres) is located in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The park is located 20 miles west of Kanab and 40 miles southeast of Zion National Park.
You can contact the park at:
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Box 95, Kanab, UT 84741; 435-648-2800

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Sand Dunes at Little Sahara Recreation Area

The Little Sahara sand dunes, located in the northeastern part of the Sevier Desert in western Utah, lie within the northern half of one of Utah’s largest dune fields (about 220 square miles). These rolling dunes are comprised of  free-moving sand dunes, sagebrush flats, and juniper-covered hills. Elevation 5000 - 5400 feet.  Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Little Sahara Recreation Area is mostly devoted to off-road vehicle use.  Campgrounds can be found at Jericho, Sand Mountain, Oasis, and White Sands. Group camping is available at Sand Mountain. There is a daily use fee. Annual permits are also available.

Sand dunes on the east side of Little Sahara Recreation Area.
Gilson Mountains in background.

How to get there: The Little Sahara Recreation Area is about 110 miles from Salt Lake City via Nephi. Travel on I-15 to Nephi. Take exit 225 and travel west 14.5 miles on State Route 132 to Juab County Route 1812 (“Sand Dunes” sign). Turn right (northwest) onto Route 1812, travel about 14 miles, passing through Jericho Junction (intersection with U.S. Highway 6), until you reach the turnoff sign for Little Sahara Recreation Area. Turn left (southwest) to enter the area.   

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Bureau of Land Management Web Site

Bureau of Land Management
Fillmore Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
35 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631
Phone: 435-743-3100
Email: SMaurer@plia.org

Visitor Center Office: 435-433-5960
Weather Information: 435-433-5961

Little Sahara Brochure (PDF)

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