Colorado man dead after accident at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Sep 4, 2023, 7:00 PM

A view of the sand dunes at sunrise in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, located 35 miles southeast...

A view of the sand dunes at sunrise in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, located 35 miles southeast of Zion National Park. The park encompases 3,730 acres, 1,200 which is opened to off-highway vehicles. The area also welcomes hikers and campers. The photo was taken on August 28, 2003. Amanda Lucidon/Deseret News.

KANAB, Utah — A 23-year-old man from Colorado died Saturday in an OHV accident at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

According to a news release from the Utah Division of State Parks, Abel Ocampo, from Denver, was camping at the park with his family and friends. 

Just after 4 p.m., the release states, the victim was driving a rented side-by-side vehicle in the sand dunes. He then lost control, resulting in a role-over accident.

Bystanders near the incident immediately called for assistance and attempted to dig the victim out.

Emergency crews from the Utah Division of State Parks and Kane County responded to the incident. Emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures on the victim. The release states, however, that Ocampo was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle with Ocampo suffered minor injuries. Additionally, a bystander who was assisting in rescuing Ocampo suffered leg injuries and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Authorities say the Colorado man was not wearing a helmet or a seat belt at the time of the incident. 

The incident remains under investigation.

The Utah Division of State Parks is reminding all outdoor recreators to always put safety first. It says:

  • Always recreate with a friend. 
  • Wear life jackets and helmets.
  • Let friends others know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Check weather conditions and water temperature before heading out.
  • Use alcohol responsibly.

Read more:


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

tomatoes and curly top disease...

Michelle Lee

What is curly top disease and how do you identify it?

Are your tomatoes struggling this year? It may be because of a disease called curly top. If you’re not sure, here are some tips on how to identify it.

20 hours ago

Image of Temple Mountain found on BLM land within Emery County, Utah. (Mike Coronella)...

Aimee Cobabe

Utah files lawsuit over BLM Public Lands Rule

In the lawsuit, Utah accuses the BLM of taking a "museum-like" approach to the state's public lands.

1 day ago

The front of the Holladay Lions salt lake county recreation center...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

The hidden cost of recreation centers

A new report shows that several recreation centers in Utah operate at a deficit in the millions. Part of covering that gap comes via taxes.

3 days ago

An Outdoor Retailer sign is pictured outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center on Sunday. The ev...

Carter Williams

5 newer outdoor products on display as Outdoor Retailer returns to Utah

The Outdoor Retailer tradeshow brings together new or familiar companies from around the world, which gets new products into stores.

4 days ago

A brown sign reads "Red Ledges, Day use only, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fee required."...

Briana Chavez, KSL TV

Search and rescue crews faced difficult challenges in rescue of injured 16-year-old boy

A Utah County official said a group was climbing rocks in Red Ledges, a popular trail on Diamond Fork, when a boulder struck one of the hikers.

4 days ago

The blue waters of Coalville's Echo Reservoir meet the beige sand....

Adam Small

Nearly half of Utah reservoirs are 100% full

The Utah Division of Water Resources said that 20 of Utah's reservoirs are completely full.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Colorado man dead after accident at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park