In The Desert
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Colorado City, Zion, Utah
What's this? We came through St. George, Utah and stopped for lunch. We'd tried IN n OUT once before and since then heard about how good their burgers were. They are okay, not much different than any other fast food place. Let's get on with the trip. Sorry if you don't agree, but that's the way we feel.
This trip is more about an area behind Colorado City than Coral Pink Sand Dunes or Zion. What this is though is a neat trip (a loop) you can take that starts in Hurricane and brings you back to Hurricane. And there is a lot to see along the way. Off of Rt. 389 / 59 at Colorado City looking northeast you'll see the Vermilion Cliffs, pictured here.
The Vermilion Cliffs run in and out of numerous canyons while following Rt. 389 toward Kanab, Utah. This part of the trip is in Arizona. Here one big canyon heads north to Coral Pinks Sand Dunes. Look for a sign where a paved road heads due east to Cane Beds. See the embedded GPX track above.
This is a very scenic area with a lot of red and white sandstone formations, including the hoodoos shown below. We entered a small box canyon here and found a small pool (almost dried up) and a lot of flowers. There are areas here that we'd heard about with Native Indian ruins and artifacts. We did not get to look for them. Don't hesitate to look at the enlargements to see just how neat the area really is. There is a lot more to explore here.
This is a big Lilly, or it's real name is "Datura wrightii" or the "Sacred Datura". It is a very poisonous plant. The flowers the leaves and roots can kill you. It is a hallucinogen and also goes by "Western Jimson weed", "nightshade", and "Indian Whiskey". This is as far north as the Datura can be found. A very dangerous plant as it's toxicity varies a lot. It can kill you!
There were a lot of other flowers blooming in this box canyon.
Great trip for a day if you're staying in or near St. George, Hurricane, or Kanab, Utah. This map only shows a very small part of the trip. Once you head north off of Cane Beds Rd. it gets sandy in places, but then the scenery gets really good too.
The scenery here on both sides of the road are very diverse and changes rapidly. Typical of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Here are a few examples from both states.
Page 2 is on to Coral Pink Sand Dunes and on to Zion National Park. 2 short videos and a few more photos.
Page 2 Sand Dunes and Zion
Driving through sand and over slick rock, what more could you ask for?
See page 2