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 sandboarding areas in Utah:
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes
- Little Sahara Sand Dunes
- Hurricane Sand Dunes (Sand Hollow State Park)
- Moab Sand Hill
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. Entrance fee to the park is 8$.
You can rent a sand board or sand sled directly at the site at the price of 25$ per day, with sandboard wax included.
Zion National Park
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are the closest option for sandboarding near Zion, the Zion National Park and Kanab Canyon are worth a visit on the same day.
Read also: Sandboarding at Coral Pink Sand Dunes
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.
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.
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.