BLM CLOSES UTAH’S LITTLE SAHARA DUNES FOR YOUR PROTECTION

A note from the Utah office of the BLM: The Little Sahara Recreation Area closed on March 26 for to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The closure will remain in effect until such time as conditions allow for safe use of the recreation area. The BLM’s number one priority is to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors to our recreation areas and facilities.

The BLM is still available to assist you in finding other places to recreate. You can contact us at the Fillmore Field Office at 435-743-3100 or the West Desert District Office at 801-977-4300. We thank you for supporting this order by complying with the temporary closure for public safety.

For more information >> https://www.blm.gov/…/interpr…/little-sahara-recreation-area

About Little Sahara.  

Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA) is 60,000 acres of sagebrush flats, juniper-covered hills, and free moving sand dunes located in Juab County, Utah. Less than a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City, LSRA provides an experience unlike any other for OHV fun and camping. Visitors frequent the recreation area for the challenges of climbing the 700-foot tall Sand Mountain, network of dirt trails around Black Mountain, low-lying dunes for beginners, and the White Sand Dune bowls.

Visitors to LSRA also enjoy hiking in the 6,000-acre Rockwell Outstanding Natural Area, fat-biking on the dunes, sandboarding/skiing down Sand Mountain, and wildlife viewing. Two children sand play areas are available in White Sands Campground and the Jericho Picnic Area. Motorized vehicles are not permitted inside the play areas.

The recreation area offers 255 improved campsites with access to 40 toilets, two sources for potable water, and 16 miles of paved roads. The campsites are located within four campgrounds: White Sands, Oasis, Jericho, and Sand Mountain. In addition to a Visitor’s Center and campground amenities, LSRA has a fire station, engine bay/shop, and a bunkhouse for wildfire personnel.

LSRA records more than 20,000 visitors on the busy weekends of Easter, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, and 300,000 visitors annually. All fees collected are used to keep the site clean and open to the public.

Admission

$18/vehicle/night

$120 Annual Pass

$60 for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Active military should inquiry about discount.

Pay at self-registration station located on the entrance road when Visitor Center is closed.

A self-registration station is also located at Rockwell.

Geology

Most of the sand at Little Sahara is the result of deposits left by the Sevier River, which once flowed into ancient Lake Bonneville 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 sagebrush and juniper around Sand Mountain, ultimately creating a 124 square-mile system of giant, free-moving sand dunes.

Rockwell Outstanding Natural Area

Looking for solitude and quiet recreation? Rockwell Outstanding Natural Area is a 6,000-acre, vehicle-free zone located on the northwest side of LSRA. The ecosystem provides habitat for a diverse array of plants and animals. Mule deer and antelope, 15 species of birds, the Desert Whipsnake and 8 other species of reptiles. Stands of juniper, sagebrush, grasses typical to the Great Basin, and an extremely rare variety of saltbush dot the landscape.

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