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Carcross Desert, Carcross

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Visit Carcross Desert, considered the smallest desert in the world. This "desert" is actually anything but: it doesn't have a hot, dry climate, and its sand was a result of post-ice age glacial processes. Crisscross the 258 hectare (640 acre) area along scenic treks, which lead across the fine-grain, sparsely vegetated contours. Those feeling adventurous can try out sandboarding or four-wheeling along the dunes. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Carcross holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Carcross Desert and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Located just north of Carcross on the east side of the Klondike Highway (Hwy 2), the Carcross Desert at approximately 1 square mile (2.6 sq km) is often billed as the world’s smallest dessert. While t...  more »
  • Right in the middle of the snow, there is a small "desert" covered with a fine light orange sand. It certainly was surprising to see, and. of course a good photo op  more »
  • Approx. 2 kms before arriving at Carcross (direction to Skagway) you will find the amazing remains of a Lake dating from the ice age "the Carcross desert" on your left! Authentic desert! Merit to stop. Possibility to Park easily.
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  • Super cool place to go. If you're in the Whitehorse area, it'd DEFINITELY worth the detour. Don't be fooled by your eyes, though; getting to the top of the dune takes QUITE the effort. There's also a bunch of little plants and flowers everywhere during the summer; it's pretty interesting to see wild roses and other flowers grow in sand.
  • Amazing! We were heading down from Carcross and stopped in here. Went bare feet to the top of the dune and enjoyed the views. Absolutely amazing what mother nature is capable of when you see a place like this (glacier's caused this?!). Stop and check this off your list while visiting the Yukon!
  • You have to be there and take in the wonders of seeing a desert, lake, and snowy mountains all in one view. Climb to the top of the dune! Totally worth it.
  • Can walk anywhere within desert, interesting views, great for photos, nice pit toilets
  • Beautiful spot..a desert in an oasis..worth the stop..take a 🚶..feel the sand between your toes..enjoy the views!
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