Southwest Road Trip Day: Climb to The Top of a Sand Dune

On my way to the top of the sand dune.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park 

This park was one of those places we had no plans to go to and had never heard of.  For some reason I always had a dream of climbing to the top of a giant sand dune, so when I saw a sign for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes randomly, we flipped a U-turn and went down the long road, hoping what we found at the end would be good.  The road didn’t look too well traveled so we were a little concerned at first, but boy was I glad when we arrived. 

It was an abyss of sand mountains just waiting to be explored.  I jumped right in and started to walk across the sand to make my way to the top of the most prominent sand dune. The sand was so fine I actually had to get down on my hands and knees to dig into the sand to reach the final peak. I was a little concerned I might not make it even though I was only three feet away from the top.  I did make it and it was worth it. Now I can check climbing to the top of a sand dune off of my bucket list.

If you are in the Kanub, Utah area (near the northern entrance of the Grand Canyon) I recommend stopping in at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park for an afternoon. They allow a variety of off road vehicles including dune buggies to play around in the sand for the day or you can just climb and explore the dunes like I did.  I was happy enough with reaching the top of the sand dune and amused myself by taking note of all of the lizard and snake tracks throughout the sand. I know I’m a nerd. 

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