Updated: Sep 15
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a Utah State Park located near Kanab and just 30 minutes from the East entrance of Zion National Park. I first discovered this place several years ago in the Before Kids Era. Brittany and I were recently married and on the way home from Lake Powell one year, we spontaneously decided to take a detour to check out the sand dunes.
Now that we have kids, including one boy who is especially obsessed with sand, we've been wanting to go back for a while. We heard you could rent sandboards (yeah, sandboarding is a thing!), so we decided to give it a shot.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes Sandboarding
Unless you bring your own board, head straight to the visitor center and rent one. They cost just $25 for the day. Plan ahead for a board because they sell out quickly, especially on weekends and holidays. But if they're sold out, just be patient and keep an eye out for people returning theirs to the visitor center. We got lucky that someone came back with one right as we got to the visitor center.
Sandboarding felt like floating on top of the desert - seriously such a good time. The kids had a blast and surprisingly were able to fly down to the bottom of the steep sand hill with ease. Even I had a good time, despite falling... a lot. I'm a skier so board sports are not really in my wheelhouse.
Check out the Instagram Reel of us all trying sandboarding for the first time.
We also grabbed some $2 sand toys from the grocery store in Kanab. Hours of entertainment. I loved watching Baby B do sand yoga and the kids laugh while they dug holes and found sand beetles.
Coral Pink Dunes tips:
It gets windy at the top of the dune and sand blasting kids in the face is not fun. Go down into the dune for sand play so the hill is blocking you.
The walk is far from the lot to the dunes especially with small kids so if you have a collapsible wagon, bring that to carry things in. The wagon is such a lifesaver! We bring it on all our roadtrips and always comes in handy in unexpected ways.
There is no shade! If you plan to stay a while, bring a shade canopy and a cooler full of water.
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We stuck to sandboarding this time, but when the kids are a bit older we plan to go back and rent a UTV or take a tour. For now, those adventures are still on our Utah Bucket List! Make sure to download your free copy to get ideas for your next adventure.