Monday, April 29 – Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah This park is in the southwest section of Utah to the east of Zion and near Kanab. If you come out of route 9 heading east from Zion, you head south on 89 for about 4 miles than pick up route 43 for another 12 miles south. There are plenty of signs posted along the roads and the drive into the park is very nice. The park has juniper and pinion pines and steep red cliffs. Once you drive in and stop at the visitor center the ranger or hostess that checked us in was very nice and informative. The campground is just down the road and there are twenty two sites in one loop. No hookups, but water can be found at the dump station and bath house. The bath house is one of the best that we have seen in two months of traveling-very clean and updated. They do take reservations. If you don’t reserve you may have to check in every day to see if your site is still available. Our site was a nice pull through, level and shaded. What this park is known for is 1200 acres of pink sand dunes – beautiful. We even took the OHV tour offered in the parking lot through the sand dunes $$ with one other couple and a nice guide. It was a great time. I am glad we were there on a Monday, because on most weekends this park fills up with campers and day visitors, most with their own OHV’s and we heard the noise can be loud. Quiet hours start at 10 at night until 9 in the morning. When we left Zion, it was in the mid 90’s and I thought it would be unbearable here without hookups, but it wasn’t. It was cooler than Zion with a nice breeze blowing through all day. This was a one night stopover for us and we were so glad that we decided to camp here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The ride from Kenab to this park is one of the most beautiful I've driven. The park is a gem. The colors in the area are amazing. Sunset is the high-point of the experience. Trails over the dunes are good and there is an ATV trail network available. There is absolutely no communication available, but there is a pay phone at the Visitors Center. Staff was friendly. Restrooms/showers are new and great. The road into the area is narrow, but really worth the drive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only two of the showers were functional which caused some wait times to get cleaned up. These are located at the dunes and so it would be difficult to keep sand out of the showers (bring shower sandals). Sites are large and provide much privacy compared to the cramped sites of the cookie cutter resorts. Note: there is one site near the bathroom with hookups. Much ORV traffic, but quiet hours were respected. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Very clean facilities, but would benefit from a camp host to enforce traffic, pet and quiet hour rules, especially on weekends when full of ATV's. Worth a visit to see the sand dunes. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Unserviced "pull-off" sites in a beautiful location! Great if you want to motorbike or ATV in the dunes; otherwise rather noisy with all the off-road vehicles roaring through the campground. Try BLM Ponderosa Grove down the road if you want something quieter and cheaper. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stumbled onto this park because it was in the right location for an overnight stay and discovered one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. The pink sand dunes and cliff are fantastic. The park is spotless and all sites are pull-throughs. We even rearranged our schedule to stay an extra night and would love to come back for more hikes in the dunes. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful park. Huge sites. Try for a site at the beginning or end of the loop--there is some road noise toward the back of the loop. All those diesel trucks pulling their OHVs, you know. But that's minor. Found the park to be very clean and well-kept. Can't beat the price, either. Walking trails on the dunes (with interpretive plaques) very nice. Nice picnic tables and fire rings. Great place for a dog, too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We don't have ATV"s, but we enjoyed our 1-night stay on our way to Bryce. The coral (pink) sand dunes are a sight to see. If you have ATV's, you should definitely put this campground on your list. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First off, if you don't like ATVs and/or off-highway vehicles this park is not for you; OHVs are allowed inside the park and traverse back and forth to the dunes within the campground. Positives are the park has strict quiet hours that are enforced, has spotless restrooms/showers, staff is very friendly, and has a new visitor center. If however, you're looking for the following you won't find them: hookups, cell phone coverage, and wide spots made for larger mohos and trailers. This campground was designed/built prior to the modern explosion in RVing i.e. tents and small RVs. I do not recommend anything over 30' total length, not saying it's impossible I just wouldn't recommend it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The name aptly describes the color of the sand dunes surrounding the park. The dunes are formed from the wind erosion
of the sand stone bluffs and mountains from as far away as 100 or more miles. As the wind blows it hits this valley
and deposits the granuals. Over thousands of years those deposits have left some fantastic dunes.
CG has level, paved sites with some pull throughs that may be accessable to larger RVs. A number of hiking trails lead
to the dunes and a couple of interesting "Nature Walks". Showers are clean but expect sand deposits on the floors on a
busy day. If one is so inclined, a consessionaire will take you for a ride in the dunes on a dune buggy or jump on
your own buggy or motorcyle and challenge the sand yourself. We camped here in a camper.
Easy sites to back into. Ours (#10) was quite level. The traffic noise was tolerable, speed was about 35 MPH so even the semis were moderate, better than a few others parks we used. Sitting, next to stream made everything OK. Great staff at motel. Area seemed under good management but only saw a few garbage collectors so really couldn't guarantee security protocols. Excellent pool, hot tub, and laundry (3 machines @ $1.75). Wi-Fi was 3-4 bars, AT&T cell was adequate. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Exceptional value and agree with most of below reviews but we had no dust issues or road noise issues during the night. We were out in the day. In fact, but for lack of 50amp and proximity to the highway, I'd rate it higher. At first, I was thinking why not have some screening landscaping between the park and road. But then being gone all day, I think I like the idea of the office across the highway being able to see what's going on. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Affiliated with the Best Western motel across the street, this is an Excellent jumping off point for Zion NP at the junction of Hwy 9 & 89. There's even a 9 hole golf course! Internet is excellent although telephone is Not, nor is TV reception. The little stream out my back window is the Little Virgin River (stream) that flows into Zion. Just like every park I'm been in throughout NM and Utah, it is a gravel lot. Poor entry from the roadway and certainly not a Resort - but that's not why I'm here...20 min. to Zion. Summer I would enjoy the hotel pool and several restaurants are steps away. Fuel is across street but no grocery for miles. Once you get backed in, it's quite a quaint little place! And you can't beat the price. My price was for a week plus taxes. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This rating is all about the location and price. This campground is really a parking lot across the road from the hotel by the same name. The location was perfect for us to visit Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ; Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. We were rarely in the RV during our stay so all we needed was good power, good water pressure and a level site. This campground provided that as well as good free Wi-Fi in the coach. We also ate at the restaurant and used the hotel hot tub after a long day of hiking. All in all a great deal for $17.95 per day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Of it's type, it's a great place. Nice shade and great internet. Fairly handy to Zion where RV sites are at a premium now. Traffic noise, but NO trains, which is unusual. We'd come back. The scenery is outstanding. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had originally planned to stay 2 nights and extended to 4. It is a dirt lot with hook-ups, but exactly what we needed to see the sights. The other great thing about this place is that for a $5 deposit you get access to the hotel pool across the street. You do have to cross a four lane highway to get to the pool, but that was really no problem. I saw complaints about the road noise in older reviews, but we kept the air or fan on at night and it was really not an issue. Beware: this is a dead zone for Verizon and the Wi-Fi that you have access to is very, very weak at the campsite. You can use it at the pool with no problem. We camped in a self contained rig: a must as there are no showers or bathrooms. We would return if we were in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a parking lot with full hook ups. It doesn't have any thing else. And the internet did not work in our fifth wheel, but I like the park fine. It's easy to get in to, there are trees to park under and the people who check you in at the Thunderbird Best Western across the street are really nice. I would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is as bear bones as it gets, but a great price. It is very dusty with lots of road noise. The WiFi works sometimes. The back in sites are fairly level but tight. The electricity was good. Could not get satellite TV because of trees. The price reflects one week rate. We left early because of dust, but it is ok for over nighter. Would not recommend any longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Bare basics here and that's about it. We did get a good Wi-Fi signal, water pressure was good and no problems with the sewer hookup. Most of the sites are narrow and between trees. There are a few sites that are fine for big rigs. This was a very noisy spot with the turn off for Zion and the 89 intersecting right across from this little park. If you just need a place for overnight and want to hit the road early you won't need an alarm clock, the trucks will wake you up. We would stay here if we were in a pinch again. Nightly rate includes tax. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a strip of 12 full hookups owned by the Best Western hotel across the highway. They are all back in with the rear against a grassy strip in front of a small creek, with tall trees for shade. The sites are gravel and ours required 2 blocks to level. There is adequate room to maneuver. Their Wi-Fi worked well, there was no Verizon cell signal and our air card did not work. There are no bathrooms or other amenities, but you can use the swimming pool at the Best Western. There is a laundry room at the Best Western with 3 washers and 4 dryers, all older. Zion National Park entrance is 12 miles away and the visitor center is 24 miles away, along a very narrow, curvy, road, with a 1.1 mile dark, very narrow, tunnel. There is a Subway across the street and a restaurant at the Best Western. The park is noisy, it is right along Highway 89, with many trucks. I would not stay here again without a good set of earplugs. The low rating is due to the noise. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a small park very close to the highway. The sites were the closest to one another we have ever experienced. The entire section is gravel with the exception of the two sites closest to the highway; they have a grassy area adjacent. One of the sites was used for tenters. The site was separated from the highway by a row of small trees. The owner allows their dog to run loose and this area is apparently his bathroom. People using the site had to clean up after the dog. The dog even urinated on a tent. The location of the park is nice. The shade is great in the heat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a hidden gem. With the exception of the poorly functioning Wi-Fi, this place has been one of my favorite sites all around the US. The beautiful fall colors, and the fact that no one was there, is priceless. The staff was hard to get a hold of, but because there weren't many customers, who could blame them. I felt they were fair with us and we felt very secure. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great find, thanks to rvparkreviews! We landed here after our plans to camp at Zion were sidetracked due to the government shutdown. At least we could drive through Zion which we'd never seen before. In high season, reservations are strongly recommended for this place. Most sites are well shaded. We found the WiFi outstanding. Quiet at night. Gravel throughout the campground, keeping the dust down. Exceptionally nice people own this business and work here. Would definitely return if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is definitely a no-frills park, but a great value. For $20 plus tax, you get a FHU, pretty good Wi-Fi, decent antenna TV and a long, hot shower. If you have been boon-docking for a few days, this place is nirvana. Road noise is considerable during the day, but not very noticeable at night. Sights are gravel, not overly large and may need a bit of leveling. We had sight #1, so I could step out of the coach and into the shower room in my bathrobe...now that's convenient. Location is about a 1/2 hour drive from the west entrance of Zion's Natl Park and about an hour south of Bryce Natl Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a pull through, gravel spot that was between two trees. It took a ½ inch board to level my trailer, side to side. Each spot has a picnic table on a concrete slab and a fire pit. Over the air TV has about 15 channels. The WI-FI was free and worked well. We had rain, hai,l and light snow. Our space flooded with about ½ inch of water. We are close to Highway 89, but this time of year the road is pretty quiet. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is definitely an older campground. Road noise during the day is loud at time if you're trying to sit outside. The tall trees provide great shade. The sites are small and close together. Slides should be OK, but awning might not work. There is only one restroom/shower for men and one for the women. There are some older trailers that look like they might be permanent residents. If in the area again, I would probably try to get into a site at Zion. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a terrific little RV park and convenient to Zion N.P. I wish I could have rated it higher but since it does not have cable or 50 Amp service I couldn't. But it is a great little park and has lots of shade. Although we did not use the restrooms and showers, I did look them over and they were spotless. Owners and host are very nice and helpful and we would definitely return here if in this area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a older RV that is also a Motel. The Motel is very small maybe 10 rooms we did not stay or even look in any of the rooms so I can not comment on that part. Depending on how many RV's are already here the sites are OK. Slides will be OK but awnings aren't. This is located on Highway 89 about a mile from Highway 9 (east entrance to Zion is 12 miles away.) Bryce is about 60 miles north. This place is right next to the Highway but traffic noise is not bad at night and during the day it is OK. Motel and RV Park is family run. When in the area WE WILL STAY HERE AGAIN. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Small (9 site) BLM campground; great dry camping for only $5 per night! No water or dump station on site, just outhouses. No cell reception; most sites could get a satellite signal, as there aren't too many trees. Important note: due to a sharp turn in the road and small sites, a sign at the entrance reads: max. trailer size 24 feet. I brought in a 26-foot trailer without any problems, but I wouldn't recommend anything over 28 feet. This makes a great base for exploring Zion National Park, and is much quieter and cheaper than staying in Sand Dunes State Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is right on the junction of Highway 89 and SR 9 leading to Zion NP east entrance. Check in is at the Shell gas station. It's just a place to park your rig with full hookups and explore the area. No restrooms, no showers. Road noise throughout the day, almost none from 8 pm to 6 am. Weekends are more busy traffic wise. The parking lot is gravel and dirt, looks pretty run down, but everything works fine. Hookups in the right place, no WiFi, no cable. We asked for the WiFi password for the motel across the street and received it for free. So we had excellent WiFi. I needed to prune one tree at our site a little to prevent branches from screeching on the roof during the night. Overall not an appealing location, but cheap and with easy access to Zion. We enjoyed our daily commuting drive into the park, saving $15 for the tunnel each day. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We came in an RV and got a spot which was one of the back-in' spots. Most others were pull-in spots. My in-laws decided to splurge on a cabin. So we spent $35'ish a night for an RV hookup and they spent $200 a night for a cabin. Here are the cons: The back-in spot which wasn't level. The sewage was FULL (eww!) so we couldn't connect and dump. No maintenance for the sewer, they never came. Breakfast was bad for the in-laws. The front desk staff were not up to standards (talking among themselves and not helping). Run down conditions in the bathroom, showers, and pool. Here are the pros: Beautiful place and views. Bathrooms received maintenance after I noticed things breaking down. So many activities for kids. Short drive into Zion. I would completely come back here for a family vacation and do more pool time, hikes, ATVing, and spend a few nights not even leaving Ponderosa Ranch. The first night, the bathroom sink faucets were broken, one soap dispenser didn't work, they have paper towels instead of dryers (save the trees!), the showers were slightly gross with hair clogging everything. However, the next night I noticed that they fixed the faucets! The morning I walked up to go to the bathroom, the cleaning crew was scrubbing out the showers. So I'm not sure if they need MORE OFTEN cleaning of the facilities or what? The pool was freezing, but it was 90 degrees out so the kids got used to it. They LOVED the slide. The pool walls were disgusting and there was notices up that they were fixing it but it was the beginning of summer. When will they fix it? When we checked in, the guy was super helpful. He didn't seem to know anything about backing in, or helping us, but he was nice. The next morning there were three people up in front and the girl sitting there didn't seem bothered to raise her head and ask how she can help. My mother in law wasn't happy with it. So for OUR price, it was great. I would come back. For $200 a night, maybe not. :) Really beautiful area though. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is not in good condition at all. It is neglected and the staff seems disinterested in whether or not you are pleased with your visit. Too much riff raff in the campground area with no rules such as other parks about laundry hanging out, junk strewn about, and trash. Couldn't wait to leave each day. Zion is a good drive from here, so be prepared. Do not expect to be impressed with this campground, there are others to choose from. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The last two reviews really cover it pretty well. We camped here due to the RV Park reviews and we were not disappointed. Close to many National Parks and when we got back from a long day of hiking we could relax in the hot tub or play putt-putt golf! We extended our stay here with no problems, there is just so much to do here! Our site required some levelers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Loved it! Well worth the beautiful drive from the valley to Mt. Carmel. Can't wait to go back. So many kids activities, they never wanted to leave! Pool and Jacuzzi were perfect after long day hiking. Even in the rain! We had a great spot on the end, RV 4 with a beautiful view. Quiet and private. Would like to see a bit better signage to RV area and the dirt roads are a bit rustic and muddy during the monsoon season. No Wi-Fi at our spot but strong signal at the Clubhouse. One other thing worth noting: There is a restaruant, which I heard was very good but we never tried, but no general store to purchase food such as bread, milk etc. Bring your own unless you wish to eat out. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This resort was a major destinations of our cross-country RV trip and it did not disappoint. Just outside Zion NP, it offered many activities for activate families with kids and especially teenagers. (Note the horseback riding, ATV, and zip-lines were weight limited to 250 lbs.) Our family really enjoyed the twin outdoor pool and hot tubs. The resort is an eclectic mix of lodges, cabins, tent, and RV sites. Overall the facilities are top notch and the shower rooms are large and individually enclosed. Effective ventilation was hit or miss amongst the shower rooms. With many more cabins and tent sites, the shower facilities are heavily used and it showed. A lot of trail dust and dirt accumulated over the day in the showers. Overall the shower facilities were not at KOA standards. We were also surprised at the limited laundry facilities. Only two washers and 4 dryers. These were the only negatives we observed during our stay. The bathrooms, within the same building but not connected to the showers, were clean and contained sufficient counter space and lighting. The RV sites are more than adequately long, and blacktopped, but were not completely level. Further grading, weeding, and landscaping around some of the RV sites would better complete this section. The on-site restaurant was top notch, although pricey. We had a great dinner and breakfast during our stay. The staff was attentive, engaged, and professional. The host was more than accommodating when my family wanted to extend a day. Even thought the RV park was completely full, they provided us a full-service employee RV site. This accommodation alone demonstrates the extent Zion Ponderosa Ranch & Resort will go to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this facility, with or without a RV, if you are visiting this part of Utah. I was really glad I could leave my trailer behind when visiting Zion National Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The back in sites were not level. In fact, they slope back causing problems with the black tank draining. If we had parked our trailer (30ft) where we wouldn't slope, we'd have no room for our car whatsoever. The pull through sites sit out in the middle of the camping area with no shade and are narrow. The road that leads to the RV sites is also narrow with lots of curves. This resort is expensive for camping. It's very close to Zion National Park which is convenient. The pool is not heated, but is very big and about the only activity that is free. The park is well maintained and the staff are helpful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are a family with young kids, you will undoubtedly love it. With tons of activities (over-priced as they are) your kids will beg you to come back. The RV sites, however, are without a doubt the worst (if there was an award for this kind of thing, for sure they would win). Stuck off to the side, these have got to be the most unlevel, rocky sites known to mankind. The guy across from us had to raise his wheels on blocks a good eight to ten inches off the ground. Not sure that was enough, but he ran out of blocks. Trash was trapped in the surrounding bushes and remained there for the two weeks we stayed here. Now, I get rustic, but to charge this much, for this kind of site with no pad, no cable TV, no WiFi (only at office), is bad. Bathroom and showers are nice. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a ranch, not a resort - especially an RV resort. I didn't even take the trouble to film the activities that would make this desirable for those families who rent houses or cabins. I did take photos of the unlevel dirt they call sites. Beautiful mountains in the distance but trash all around and mud on the picnic table. Offering massages doesn't make you a resort - at least not the quality of RV Resort we are searching for across the country. On the up side, Zion is amazing. You can stay there for weeks. Should we return next year on our way across the U.S., we plan on staying elsewhere. Also, eat at Oscar's. Amazing! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
They claim to have big rig sites, and they will accommodate a 40' but our site was unlevel and our jacks sunk in 6" in the soft unpacked dirt; not to mention we had only inches to spare for the slides. The road to get to the site was dirt and full of very large pot holes. I would not come in here with any thing over 20'. They only have 6 sites so not much to choose from. Very over priced for what you get. Would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First the Good...At least two friendly employees. They sell great firewood. One mile from east gate entry to Zion NP. Office served best combo pizza I have ever eaten and sell very good breakfast sandwich. Nice gift shop reasonable prices. If you get a site with trees you will be glad you did. Now the not so good. Park appears to cater to poor planners and tent campers. Restroom/shower more like a youth hostel then what you would expect. They do not appear to mow or rake the RV park. Their email does not work. It bounces. Call to make the reservation get names and be specific. Call the week before you arrive, get names and be specific. Call the morning you are going to arrive get names and be specific. Summary, its proximity to Zion's east gate, and the food they sell in the office is great. Set low expectations for the rest and you won't be disappointed. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This place was not well maintained. It was primarily gravel and dirt and during high winds it was like a dust bowl. Couldn't get Wi-Fi, no night lights. Pull through not very long so had to disconnect my car. A little pricey, especially for what you get. We disliked it so much, we moved to another campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Friendly staff, entire campground is dirt with some gravel. The 80PSI water caused a few leaks and for the neighbor also. Had no cell service for any carrier, no WiFifrom the campground or from my Verizon Hotspot, and no NOAA weather radio reception. I have satellite so I don't know about antenna TV. There was good pizza at the store. The bathrooms are old and run down. There was some motorcycle noise from the main road. I came from Lake Powell area and was heading to Bryce, so I felt staying on the east side of Zion would make sense, except everything you do, including getting on the shuttle into the park, happens at the south entrance. That is where I will stay next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Price reflects some discount. No services, cell phone, TV, or internet--not even if you bring your own. It is at the opposite end from most of the stuff in Zion Nat'l Park. We chose this park because we were headed up US 89. The best part of the drive was the big horn sheep we saw on this side of the tunnels. Showers and restrooms were clean. Site had some gravel but more dust. Tree limbs in a lot of sites are a problem for big rigs. Staff was friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We called in advance due to some confusion as to whether there was an RV park or if it was just a hotel. The web site did not mention the RV park and it was also called the Mountain River Resort and the Mountain River Ranch but the phone numbers were the same. When I called I was told to call a different number. The person who answered assured me there is an RV park. I asked to make a reservation and she said "ok", then she changed her mind and said I didn't need one, there would be plenty of spaces. We followed the directions on the web site. When we arrived at the address it was the hotel, we were told the RV park was located 3 miles up the road. More confusion. We arrived, checked in: simple, give me your credit card, here's your receipt. No information or directions. We asked which space number and were told any empty space was ok. We then asked what time we needed to check out the following day and was told "oh anytime is ok". We drove across the road to the RV park picked a space, leveled our RV, unloaded the bikes, and started hooking up our electric and water when we discovered there was no water. After more confusion we were told to move to a space in the back two rows as they were the only ones with water. The park is dry and dusty. The bathrooms/showers are clean. We will only be here one night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived and thought it was closed, all sites were empty. They told us that we could take any site we wanted, the first had no water at all. There was weeds all over and broken hook ups, a shower/bath house that is open 24/7 right off highway 9 with cars pulling in to use. There is some tent camping east of the RV section. In 3 days we only saw 3 other RV's use the park, if you want to be right on the roadway with no neighbors and security than this is the place! Check in is across the street and closest services/supplies about 11 miles east. The campground is 1/2 mile from the east gate of Zion National Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.