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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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  • This place is famous for the night's Aurora can be enjoyed during the day and from Whitehorse is one of the activities that the 1 hour drive from downtown Whitehorse, you can come in unexpected places in the desert that is fine with others think here in the desert for a car, you can enjoy such activities Te bitty equipment hire and rental equipment, when I went back and were where you are during the day, visit Whitehorse did not once visit would be a decent experience
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  • You absolutely have to stop there but make sure that you exit your vehicle and walk, walk, walk... barefoot. If your are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, stop there in the evening when the sun is...  more »
  • There is a small patch of sand dunes which is actually a glacier lake created by the end of the ice age. When it evaporated the bottom was like a sand dune. Really interesting. Of course I had to walk...  more »
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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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