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Monday, November 28, 2011

Coral Pink Sand Dunes Spotlighted In Las Vegas Review Journal

Much of southern Utah is closer to Las Vegas than to Salt Lake City, and so it is natural that Vegas area residents will occasionally trek on over into Utah territory. The Las Vegas Review Journal often carries articles describing Utah attractions and adventures.

In a recent edition, the Vegas paper published this article about Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, giving it a glowing recommendation. Here are excerpts.

A four-season recreation area, Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park frequently offers winter visitors the rare experience of playing in sand and snow at the same time. This unique park, located at 6,000 feet elevation, features deep orange-red sand dunes accented by tall Ponderosa pine trees, pinyons and junipers.

Popular with off-roaders, horseback riders, hikers, campers, wildlife watchers and photographers, the park attracted 56,000 visitors last year. It remains open daily all year with no holiday closures.

Near the main park entrance, a tree-shaded area with picnic facilities and a boardwalk trail over the sand invite exploration. Closed to off-road vehicles, this is part of 256 acres set aside for walkers and visitors playing in the sand. Bring the kinds of buckets and spades you would take for the children to play on ocean beaches. In winter, bring along slick-bottomed sliders like toboggans to glide over snow-covered sand hills.

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