Last Updated on January 17, 2024

Utah has many deserts and wonderful locations where you can go sand dune surfing

Fine colored sands, spectacular views, and a wide range of activities make Utah one of the top destinations in the USA for sand sports and other recreational activities in the desert.

There are four main sand dunes in Utah:

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Sandboarding Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah
Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes – Kanab

Undoubtedly the n°1 sandboarding destination in Utah is the area known as Coral Pink Dunes, near the city of Kanab. As their name suggests, they are pinkish in color and a must-see at times of dawn and dusk, when the softer lights accentuate the color of the sand.

The area spans for 3,730 acres but only the southern portion of around 2000, known as the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is open all year round and accessible for sandboarding and sand duning.

What makes these dunes especially attractive to sandboarders is the incredibly fine grains of sand which makes sliding smooth as ever.

The tallest dune is around 100 ft tall. The sand does not get too hot usually which means you can walk on it barefoot without scorching your feet. Entrance fee to the park is 8$.

Sandboard rentals

You can rent a sand board or sand sled for 25$ per day from the visitor center. Sandboard wax is included.

Guided tours usually cover both entrance fees to the site and sandboarding equipment.

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Sand surfing at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Sandboarding at Zion National Park – Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Sandboarding at Zion National Park

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are the best and closest option for sandboarding near Zion, but you can also sandboard on the dunes near the entrance of Zion National Park. We recommend booking a fully guided private tour that includes sandboarding and UTV riding on the dunes.

Tours are the most hassle-free way to experience the dunes as they will take care of any transportation, entrance fee, and equipment you will need for sandboarding / sand sledding, as well as providing you with all the information you need about the area and activities.

Recommended Tours

Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon

For those who prefer to avoid the crowds at Zion, there are sand dunes suitable for sandboarding near Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon (Red Canyon). The location is better reached via an ATV tour, plenty of which offer sandboarding as an addictional activity.

Little Sahara Sand Dunes – Salt Lake City

The Little Sahara Recreation Area in the greater Salt Lake City area is the go-to place for sandboarding in the Sevier Desert.

It is a 124 square miles, 60.000 acres wide sand dune complex mostly open to recreational off-roading, but with steep sand dunes like the 700 feet tall “Sand Mountain” where you can go sand surfing. Make sure to bring your own sandboard!

Other recreational activities include hiking in the vehicle-free area where plenty of plants, birds and reptiles can be found, or having your children play in two of the world’s largest sandboxes.

Sand Hollow State Park – Hurricane

Utah’s newest state park is an underestimated sandboarding destination near the towns of Hurricane and St. George.

The Sand Hollow State Park offers a stunning landscape made both of red sandstone dunes and blue lake waters, and the amount of activities it has to offer makes it an amazing destination among both sand and beach enthusiasts: sand duning, off-road biking, boating, kayaking, jet skiing… you name it!

Bring your own sand board or dune sled and try gliding the Hurricane Sand Dunes which have very soft red sand and are not particularly steep, making them a good choice for beginners.

Sandboard rentals

Sand Hollow Rentals offers sand boards and sleds for rent in Hurricane. Price is $65 for 8 hours or $85 for 24 hours and the boards can be taken to any sandboarding destination in Utah.

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Moab’s Sand Hill – Moab

There’s a giant sand dune close to Moab that people enjoy sliding down of and riding with off-road vehicles. There are no facilities at the site so you’ll need to bring your own equipment.

The Moab Sand Hill is across the street from the entrance to Arches National Park and you can access it through a large parking area.

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