Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

October 28
We spent one glorious afternoon at the nearby Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. If I’m honest, the main reason we felt like we couldn’t miss the chance to visit the park was because it had Coral’s name in it.

eager to explore the dunes
Coral in the coral sand
Sunny on her way up

We had planned to rent a sled from the visitors center and slide down the dunes…but the rental was $25.00!! So we opted for just rolling down the biggest dune a few times – on our butts, on our stomachs, and Brad even laid down sideways and rolled the whole way. He was motion sick for quite awhile afterwards.

the very elusive barefooted-Brad siting

 

silly, happy girls

As with many of these destinations we’ve been able to explore, we were there on a weekday, so we nearly had it to ourselves. It was a cloudy day, so the contrast of the golden sands against the gray sky was amazing. Even without the sleds, we all enjoyed experiencing the sand for several hours.

Brad & the girls building sandcastles in the distance.

A couple of times we had rain drops sprinkle down on us.

rain in the desert
Coral on top of the world. The mountains behind her are part ofthe Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument which is a series of colorful mesas that form steps from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon.

The pattern of wet dots of sand across the vast sea of dry sand made a mesmerizing pattern, and after one brief shower we even saw a lovely rainbow.

a colorful desert day
in the area around the dunes we found the most interesting rocks

The southwest seems to have such a magical way of putting contrasting colors and geology together in the most surprising and beautiful ways. I am so grateful that I have the chance to see all this beauty with my people.

2 Comment

  1. Grandma says: Reply

    These are some beautiful photos, definitely showing the uniqueness of the area. Love the photo of Coral in the coral sand.

  2. Kelsey says: Reply

    Send me thatpicture of Coral and the rainbow. Immediately.

    Xoxo

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