Explore the Carcross Desert

Carcross, Yukon - Search Nearby - Added by Erik Peterson

Where else can you climb sand dunes surrounded by majestic mountains in Canada's north? 

The Carcross Desert is considered by many to be the smallest desert in the world. However, it is actually just sand dunes left over from a glacial lake and is too humid to be an 'official' desert.

Just 5 minutes north of the town of Carcross along the Klondike Highway you will come across a roadside rest area with a big 'Carcross Desert' sign. At the turnoff there are some outhouses and a couple educational signs explaining the formation of the sand dunes.

From the parking area you are free to explore this surreal landscape at your leisure. I would advise climbing the large sand dune to the north as it affords spectacular views of Bennett Lake and the surrounding mountains. 

The beautiful Klondike town of Carcross itself should not be overlooked. You can wade out into the shallows of Bennett Lake and enjoy the beach right on the south side of town. 


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Carcross desert

It’s a very nice place for a short hike. You can feel like on the beach. I personally didn’t like the sound from the quads around.... The view of the place is super nice, but again I was unlucky because of the smog from the fire in the forest around...

Easy pitstop that is so beautiful

You can be lazy and explore for a few minutes, or run around the dunes for a few hours enjoying the views. Great place.