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Little Sahara Recreation Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Jericho Sand Dunes, Little Sahara Sand Dunes, Sand Mountain, Rockwell Natural Area, White Sand Dunes, Black Mountains, Lake Bonneville, Tanner Creek, Jericho Wash, Cherry Creek, Sevier Desert, Oasis Campground, Jericho Campground, Sand Mountain Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

Little Sahara Recreation Area offers 124 square miles of sand dunes that includes Sand Mountain, a 700' challenging hill climb, several OHV trails and four large, RV accessible campgrounds. The White Sands Campground offers two of the world's largest sandboxes that are actually fenced off play areas for children.

The Rockwell Natural area is located in the northwestern section of the recreation area and is off limits to motorized use. Whip flags are mandatory and can be purchased on site for a small fee. Three-day holiday weekends are very popular, especially Easter weekend, which can attract up to 20,000 people.

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Permit RequiredYesUT OHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoNon-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV permit.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsYes (72 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
Can buy flags for $12.00
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoQuiet hours 10pm - 6am
Trail BlazingSome Areas
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementManyOn-Site Office/Station
CommentNo specific decibel limit but excessive mechanical noise is prohibited.


Approx Size79,360 acres (124 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4900 to 5700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national recreation area has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national recreation area has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis OHV area has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national recreation area has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis national recreation area has few shaded areas.FewJericho campground has picnic tables with shade ramadas
Ranges/GunfireThis national recreation area has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes
LandBLM, Nat Recreation


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (E)Conoco (435) 623-2552
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (E)Conoco (435) 623-2552
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (E)High Country RV Park (435) 654-0201
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteavailable at campgrounds during frost-free months, year-round at visitor center only
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (E)Mt. Nebo Thrift Way (435) 623-2561


EntryYes ($18.00 per vehicle)
Annual permits available for $120/vehicle


Prosfour large campgrounds to choose from, terrain ranges from easy to expert
Consvery popular place, hot and dry
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityEureka, UT
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Eureka, UT
1) Take Hwy 6 south about 20 miles
2) At Jericho Junction turn right (west) on SR 148
3) Proceed about 4 miles toward the main entrance (Sahara Road).


Contact InfoLittle Sahara Recreation Area Visitor Center
(435) 433-5960
(435) 433-5961
Contact InfoBLM - Fillmore Field Office
35 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631
(435) 743-3100
Contact InfoUtah State Parks OHV Education Office
1594 West North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6001
(800) 538-7432
CommentUtah OHV Permit Info


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Little Sahara Recreation Area

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