If you are going to Zion National Park, a great place to stop along the way is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah where you can explore acres of colourful dunes. The dunes are surrounded by red sandstone cliffs making for some colourful photography if you also get blue skies.
When I first arrived the sky was mostly white so I eliminated it from the image below and hoped for a better sky the next day.
I have to admit part of the reason for stopping there was for a special treat for my old beagle Oscar who loves sand. When he was a pup he would turn crazy dog every time I took him to the beach. On this trip he has enjoyed the red sand beaches of Prince Edward Island, the white sand along the gulf coast, the white gypsum at White Sands National Monument, and now the coral pink sand from Utah. While he is too old now to walk up on the dunes, he enjoyed the coral sand right behind our campsite in the park.
The next day I still didn’t get the blue sky I hoped for, but at least there were some dramatic clouds.
The dunes are created when high winds are funnelled through a notch in the cliffs carrying grains of sand from the eroding sandstone and depositing them in the dunes. The Vermillion Cliffs behind the dunes provide an interesting contrast in texture for the images.