Nov 25, 2013

Utah State Parks- Coral Pink Sand Dunes



Okay, I am here with new destinations from my recent road trip to American Southwest. Because of the shutdown my campground reservations weren't valid anymore, the guided tours were refunded. Initially, I just had a list of places to visit in Utah. I did not have any direction, no certainty, I was hesitant but totally happy! Yes, I felt so.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Utah

I started my long journey from glamourous Los Angeles in a rented Toyota Yaris. Said bye to my cousin and her two little sweet kids and looked forward to the long deserted roads amidst the red rocks, canyons and barren badlands of the American South-West. Though my first destination was the beautifully peaceful Zion National Park where I went on a awesomely memorable hike called Narrows- practically wading through the Virgin River in the narrow canyon. Will post about that soon in my great hikes series.

Well, coming to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park ... Located 20 miles from Kanab this park is one of the little gems of Utah. I drove early in the morning and I didn't see much traffic. The sand is really pink :) Eroding Navajo sandstone gives the color. From here one can see the Vermillion cliffs. 


I went wandering on the sandy hills. It was cold and wind was fierce. You can hear the sound of the wind in the video. Wind was almost pushing the hikers down the hills. The mild sun was playing hide-and-seek and so there wasn't much heat. The dunes are separated into two parts, a fence separating motor and walking area. Four-wheeling is very popular here.



I was surprised to see how the sands shifted. It was too windy and I stood for some time at one place. My feet were covered in sand in an instant and then slowly my legs were buried almost knee-deep in minutes. Took a small video of moving sand. Do you hear the wind? Along with the cold wind if sand particles hit your skin it is painful. Technically this is not a great video but, I just wanted to record the shifting sands!

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14 comments:

  1. I love the way you travel. The freedom and adventure of exploring new places on your own. The photos are such a surprise as I didn't realise there was this kind of sand in Utah.

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    1. Thanks Mary! Travel is about surprises and unexpected opportunities. Right? Yeah, Utah is full of surprises.

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  2. Lovely hues. Pink sands would have definitely been a pleasant surprise. :)

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  3. Hi. wonderful shots of the sand with lovely blue skies. good to see sand moving on video

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  4. i love the go where the wind blows you type of traveling, without any itinerary. but sadly i don't travel that way as much. this is simply a beautiful destination. you do know how to pick the place to stop.

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    1. Yes, traveling without a itinerary is what I like! Give it a try once :)

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  5. Interesting!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River.

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  6. Gorgeous contrast of colours in these lovely shots.

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  7. Zion is on my must-visit list for quite sometime. Lovely pics!

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  8. Wow, this landscape is so beautiful, the soft gentle curves of the dunes are stunning

    mollyxxx

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  9. Great trip you are having! Lovely clippings along the way. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Your pics really do stand out!! Looks like it was a great trip.

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