Coral Pink Sand Dunes

One of the reasons for this particular road trip was to see this park.  We had seen some photos of it and found out it was near some other parks so off we went.  

The park is located in southwestern Utah, between Kanab and Mount Carmel Junction.

The Dunes are formed by the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone.  Due to mid day lighting the dunes appeared to be more golden than pink during our visit.  High winds pick up the sand while passing through a notch between the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains.  The wind decreases due to the Venturi effect.  The sand particles are thus dropped into the valley forming the dunes.

The park is home to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, which is found nowhere else in the world.  It is also the home of most of the remaining specimens of the rare plant, Welsh's milkweed.  Here are some photos of the dunes, including an image of what we think is the Welsh's milkweed.