Picnic area at campground on the way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Hiking the U.S.,  naturalist,  state parks

The Kanab & Coral Pink Sand Dunes Area Desert

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.  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 area 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

 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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