Carcross Desert


Park Size: 260 hectare
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Carcross Desert in Carcross, Southern Lakes, Yukon Territories, Canada is a recreation and sightseeing destination located north of the community of Carcross. The 260 hectare desert dunes are referred to as "The World's Smallest Desert " and are located at the 107 Kilometre Marker on the South Klondike Highway.

The sand dunes are busy year round. During the summer months the dunes are popular for activities like sandboarding, hiking, ATVing and off roading. In the winter the dunes are covered with snow which tends to attract activities like cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding.

The sand dunes are the last remains of a glacial lake left behind from the ice age. The lake now gone, left the sand exposed to the elements. The sand dunes are still going through changes as the winds blow hard off of Bennett Lake rearranging the dunes, making life extra hard on the plant life.

The plants that do live in the Carcross Desert are tough. Some are protected species. All are able to survive the harsh conditions.

Some of the plants in the desert include Lodgepole Pine Trees, Kinnikinnick, Blue-eyed Mary , Mutton Grass, Nelson's Needle-grass, Arctic Aster, Rosy Pussytoes, Alaskan Wild Rye, Showy Jacob's-ladder, Alaskan Locoweed and Three-toothed Saxifrage.

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Carcross Desert
South Klondike Highway

How To Get ToCarcross Desert

Travel south on the South Klondike Highway towards the Southern Lakes community of Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada. On your left, at the 107 Kilometre Marker of the South Klondike Highway, is the Carcross Desert. If you arrive in the community of Carcross you have gone too far.
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