Coral Pink State Park is about an hour south of Zion National Park in the way to Kanab/Grand Canyon/Lake Powell. If you leave US89 its about 11miles to the entrance of the state park.
We decided to stop there mostly because of the dunes and the campground. The dunes are really cool. Really reminded me of the dunes in the Namib desert in Namibia. Same color and equally nasty to climb 🙂
The campground is lovely too. Only 22 spots, no hook ups but fireplaces, Water, restrooms and showers. All very well kept and clean.
If you happen to be on US89 take the time for short visit. You will not regret it, as dunes like this are totally uncommon for the area.
Observation Point Trail is stated as a strenous hike. Its not too long only about 8miles round trip but with more than 2000ft elevation gain it is no walk in the park :). It took us about 2 hours to get to Observation Point and it was mainly steep and uphill. The views are worth every foot uphill. Once you have reached the final elevation the view into the canyon and onto Angels Landing is simply breath taking.
I have uploaded some pictures we took on the way up so you can see for yourself.
Salt Lake City really is worth a trip! I have been to many cities in the US but none of them were so clean and seemed so laid back! Salt Lake is surrounded by mountains and the Great Salt Lake which are perfect ingredients of a beautiful setting!
Temple Square is the heart of downtown SLC. The Temple is beautiful but as it is a sacred place for the Mormons it can only be visited from the outside. All other buildings can be visited and are for free.
The Tabernacle has a fantastic acoustic and is home of a famous choir. I would highly recommend a look inside when there is an organ or choir practise.
If you pass by Utah’s Capitol Hill you get to Ensign Point. It is only a 1mile round trip which is rewarded with a great view over the city and the lake.
Getting up at 4:15am to drive 110 miles fro SLC to the Bonneville Salt Flats was absolutely worth it! Being on I-80 West we were on the right site of the road as there is a rest area directly at the salt flats. When we arrive there it was shortly after 6am and the light was just beautiful.
The Bonneville Salt Flats are also or actually mainly popular for its speedway. Due to the flatness the salt flats are perfect for speeding and speed records! 0
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain