Many years ago, we had a guest post on The Salt Project about Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Ever since 2014, I have been DYING to visit! I can't believe it took me 5 years to get here! Thanks to our partner Kane County, I could finally check it off my list! The ironic thing is because it's February...there was SNOW all over the lovely dunes. Only a hint of Coral Pink could be seen. It's okay though, nothing could keep me from getting on those dunes.
Two of the four kids were asleep so we decided to split up. I took the older two while my husband stayed back in the car with the sleeping babies.
As we were walking out to the dunes, the only other people were there were heading back to their cars.
We were literally the only people out on the dunes.
You'd think it would be easy in the winter to climb these dunes but it was actually super slick and tough! Luckily, someone had already dug their heels into the sand before it froze and made some "stairs" for us to climb. We climbed up those dunes over and over and over again.
Orion was trying to make a sand angel but the sand was so hard, he barely made a dent.
It almost looked like water waves. Once you got to the top of the dunes, there was some sand exposed.
Somehow, I packed everything but my snowboots and sleds. To make up for not having snow boots I wore my husbands snow pants and just covered my shoes with his pants. To make up for not having a sled, I brought a big black garbage bag to use as a sled!
The garbage bag worked out awesome for my tiny kids. They sped so fast down the dune I was worried they'd get hurt. Don't worry, nobody got hurt.
We probably spent a good hour sledding in our garbage bag and even just sliding down the dunes without the bags. The kids rolled all over. Since the dunes were frozen it was kind of nice that we didn't have CRAZY amounts of sand in our shoes.
Somehow I didn't get a photo, but someone was kind enough to let the kids sled on their sled. After trying the sled I'd say you'd want to bring one for sure. It flew down the hill and the kids loved making a new friend.
As we were heading out, I was suprised to see so many people heading our way. None of them had a sled, so I offered them my garbage bag, which they gladly took.
Even if you don't want to go sledding, you can always walk up to the look-out and check out the view. It's amazing!
One last pit stop before heading out to Zion National Park. We decided to stop in Cedar City on the way home so we could go and visit family. The best part of this was that we got to drive through Zion National Park's tunnels! It's one of our favorite ways to visit the park, coming from the backside.
It had just snowed and the views were amazing. While I was super sad to leave Kanab, driving through Zion National Park always makes me happy!
- Lots of picnic tables around
- No Shade on the dunes, bring your sunscreen
- Bathrooms at the entrance.
- No bathrooms on the Dunes during the winter, they are closed.
- Watch out for vehicles out on the dunes! They are fast!
- Bring water and snacks.
- Bring a sled!
- Leave no trace!