Hiking naturalist state parks

The Kanab & Coral Pink Sand Dunes Area Desert

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Picnic area at campground on the way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes


Our first free day in Utah we headed straight for the nearest State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, just north west of Kanab about 20 miles. As soon as we hit the desert we found it necessary to stop often, trying out sandy roads, exploring the desert and choosing a campground to have a picnic at. We had stopped so often by the time we reached the State Park we passed it up and just kept exploring the areas around it. It was a 98 degree day and deep sand had already ruined Ross’s shoes (and my foot were cooking in my black Vans). Walking around in sand dunes seemed best done on a slightly cooler day.

The desert around Kanab is fertile with desert flower that look like they should shrivel in the heat but instead thrive. The sun was so bright that colors seemed more vivid than any time I can remember before. Β The pink coral sand in the bright sun, contrasted with greens so much that the greens seemed like greens we’d never seen before – something I knew immediately could never be experienced in a photo, in fact the photos fail to show the true sharpness of the areaΒ to a disappointing amount.

Here are some of the things we saw that hot, intensely bright day.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes Area:

Picnic area at campground on the way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Picnic area at campground on the way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Green Grass

Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Green Grass (that looked much brighter in person)

Truck next to odd bumpy land

Bumpy stone layers

Bumpy stone layers

Coral Sands and Agave

Coral Sands and Agave

Coral Sands

Coral Sands area

Near Kanab Utah:

Kanab Desert View

Kanab Desert View

Cliff Face near Kanab

Cliff Face near Kanab

Cliff Face near Kanab

Cliff Face near Kanab

Pond with Lilly Pads near Kanab

Pond with Lilly Pads near Kanab

Β Wild Flowers & Wild Things:

Butterfly on an Orange Globe Mallow Flower

Butterfly on an Orange Globe Mallow Flower

Desert Wild Flowers

Desert Wild Flowers

Prickly Pear Cactus Flower

Prickly Pear Cactus Flower

Wild Flower growing from a rock

Wild flower growing from a rock

Sparrow Eggs near Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Sparrow Eggs near Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand and Green Plant

Coral Pink Sand and Green Plant

Bright Green Bush in Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Bright Green Bush in Coral Pink Sand Dunes

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