Little Sahara Recreation Area

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Little Sahara Recreation Area commonly known as Jericho Sand Dunes, is a sandy reminder of Lake Bonneville. A plentiful sand source and strong prevailing winds have combined to create Little Sahara, one of the largest dunes fields found in Utah. Most of the sand at Little Sahara is the result of deposits left by the Sevier River, which once flowed into ancient Lake Bonneville some 15,000 years ago. After the lake receded, the southwesterly winds that flow across the Sevier Desert picked up the exposed sand.

Sand Mountain, in the middle of the dune field, deflected the wind upward, causing it to slow and drop its load of sand. Sand particles, composed mostly of quartz, fell downwind among the sage brush and juniper around Sand Mountain, ultimately creating a 124-square-mile system of giant, free-moving, sand dunes. Jericho offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Of course the most popular is riding ATV's. Jericho also offers fenced in sand boxes for the kids. Hiking and wildlife viewing are also available in the Rockwell Natural Area. This area is set aside as a vehicle-free zone, this 9,000-acre unit is a miniature version of the larger surrounding desert ecosystem. Mule deer and antelope, 15 species of birds, the Desert whipsnake, and 8 other species of reptiles live here.

For ATVer's Jericho is not just one type of riding. With nearly 60,000 acres of dunes, trails and sagebrush flats, you've got options - plenty of them.

White Sands Dunes: Easy access to dunes and plentiful riding bowls attract all abilities to this spot on the north end of the recreation area.

Sand Mountain: A wall of sand climbing nearly 700 feet high provides the ultimate challenge to rider and machine. This is the prime-time focal point for hill climbing.

The Dunes southwest of Black Mountain: Low-lying dunes provide good terrain for beginners or for those who just want to get away from the crowds.

Black Mountain: A network of dirt trails up, over, and around this peak offer excellent trail riding for just about any kind of off highway vehicle.

Every year several people that ride at Jericho are seriously injured or killed in the dunes due to accidents. Always check for steep drop-offs or other riders before powering over the crest of dunes.

If you're under 18 years of age, helmets are the law. If older, why tempt the law of averages?

Drinking and driving don't mix. Your here to have a good time right? Go ride for the day then when your ready for a cold one be ready to kick it in camp.

State law require flags to be used when riding in sand dune areas. Check your flag if it's wore out buy a new one. Remember these flags are so other people won't land on you.

Remember, watch out for pedestrians and children playing in the dunes. Families come to enjoy this area also.

Camping is available throughout the park. Please follow "Leave No Trace" camping techniques to preserve the beauty of the area. Improve camping is available at:

White Sands: 99 campsites, flush toilets, drinking water and fenced in play area for the kids.

Oasis: The most developed site in the park. Paved pads for trailers and motor homes combined with ready access to the dunes makes this a popular site with families. 144 campsites, flush toilets, RV dump station and drinking water.

Jericho: Originally designed as a fenced picnic-area, Jericho serves as an overflow camping area. Good area for large groups. Paved parking access, 41 picnic tables with shade ramadas, flush toilets, drinking water, amphitheater and fenced in play area for the kids.

Sand Mountain: Primitive camping area. This place rocks during popular holiday weekends. 3 paved parking loops, vault toilets, drinking water and tent spaces.

Little Sahara is located:

The entrance road to Little Sahara is 4 miles west of Jericho Junction.

From Nephi travel west 31 miles via SR 132 and Juab County Route 1812.

From Eureka travel south 18 miles on US 6.

From Eureka travel south 18 miles on US 6.

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