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Little Sahara

See the Little Sahara web page for more information.

Families come from all over to play, hike, camp and-don't forget-ride ATVs at Little Sahara. With over 60,000 acres of dunes, there is room to have fun. Another favorite activity is climbing to the top of a dune to watch the sunrise or the sunset. These mountains of sand move an average of 18 inches a year. Since Lake Bonneville has dried up they have been transported over 150 miles. Drag races in and other events are held regularly. This is this place to be on the weekends. So, don't delay; the sands are being blown away.

History

Strong prevailing winds coupled with deposits from the Sevier River, which once emptied into Bonneville Lake some 15,000 years ago, resulted in the geologic phenomenon called Little Sahara. After the lake receded, the southwestern winds picked up the exposed sand, propelling it towards Sand Mountain. Raising almost 1,500 feet out of the valley, Sand Mountain slowed the winds; forcing them to drop their cargo, creating over 124 square-miles of sand dunes.

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