Last Update: July 2, 2018
Summer has come to Coral Pink Sand Dunes. The park is very busy with day use and reservations in the campground. Most of our campsites are reserved through the next several weeks, and we have been filling up most nights. If you plan to camp overnight, try and have a reservation ahead of time. The park and campground are open year round with water, dump station and showers available through the winter. Please note that we have no electric hookups in the old campground. If you come to camp, please don’t bring more vehicles than your campsite will hold – we do not have an overflow parking area. Reservations can be made at 800-322-3770 or at www.stateparks.utah.gov.
We have a new campground at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park! We have been able to add 9 new campsites near the Visitor Center and the really exciting part, is that they have water and electric hookups available. We were able to open them a day or two before Memorial Day, but we’re just getting around to spreading the news. There is still more work to do on the campground (landscaping, paving etc.) which will be ongoing, but they are ready to be occupied. If you have a site reserved in the old campground and would like to upgrade to one of the new sites with hookups, let us know when you get here and if one is available, we’ll take care of it then. The new sites won’t be on the reservation system until 2019, so we’ll take care of everything in-house until then. The fee for the new sites is $30 per night and the old campground is still $20 per night.
Also, you should be aware the they have just implemented Level II fire restrictions in our area, which means any open flame on public land is prohibited. Conditions are extremely dry and dangerous (as demonstrated by the many wildfires throughout the West). So no campfires, charcoal fires, or gas grills in the park, and as always, no fireworks are allowed. Please be extra careful with fires in this very dry, hot summer.
Wildflower season is in full swing here at the park. Flowers in bloom right now include: globemallow, silvery sophora, beeplant, penstemmon, and the Rough Mulesear is near peak.
Once again this year, we have sand boards (stand up) and sand sleds (sit down) available for rent here at the park. They are great fun on the dunes, although climbing the hill again afterwards can be a bit of a chore. The rental fee is $25 per board and you can get them at the Visitor Center.
If you go riding out in the dunes, please be aware and respectful of our Conservation Area boundaries for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle. Vehicles are not allowed in the home range of the beetles. The area is well marked by signs. By keeping the beetle population undisturbed by people, we are helping keep it off the Endangered Species list and helping us all enjoy the park. Please watch for the signs and keep vehicles out of the conservation areas.
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