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Carcross Desert, Canada

From series “Top 11 Most Unusual Deserts on the Planet”
The Carcross Desert, which is officially the smallest in the world, is situated in Canada, Yukon. Its area is only 2.6 square km. You can walk around the whole area of ​​the real desert in a couple of hours. Despite its modest scale, the Carcross Desert has all the features typical for larger deserts. Over millions of years, spectacular sand dunes formed under the influence of the dry climate and winds. The sparse vegetation conforms to generally accepted notions of the wilderness.

Carcross Desert, Canada As researchers found out, this miniature desert appeared when glacier was moving. The climate in Yukon is a proof that sand dunes couldn’t form there under any other circumstances. The amazing desert terrain has being very popular among both among locals and travelers for a long time. Sandsurfing fans love to spend vacations there. Tourists are offered to take a ride over the unusual desert on the SUV.

It’s amazing to come to the Carcross desert in winter. Snow-covered sand dunes are ideal for skiing. There are incredibly picturesque forests and mountains next to the smallest desert of the planets, so fans of active recreation and hiking always can add fascinating tours to the recreation program. Despite the fact that in recent years the desert is officially protected by the state, it is free to visit and virtually not controlled. Next - Desert Turrets

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Useful staff nearby

Fuel station: 'Race Trac' in 6.5 km
Supermarket: 'Montana Services' in 4.44 km
Police station: 'Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)' in 6.82 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Caribou Crossing Trading Post' in 5.23 km

Best hotels near Carcross Desert

Inn on the Lake - Whitehorse

Located in 42 km from Carcross Desert
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Rooms: 10
Each guest room at Inn on the Lake Whitehorse includes rustic furnishings and a private bathroom. Select apartments boast a kitchen or balcony. The … More: photo, rates and booking
Triple B Bed n Breakfast

Located in 43 km from Carcross Desert
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Rooms: 3
A seating area is offered in cottages at Triple B Bed n Breakfast. A refrigerator and a work desk are included. Select cottages offer en suite … More: photo, rates and booking
Little Atlin Lodge

Located in 46 km from Carcross Desert
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Rooms: 2
A sofa bed and a dining area are provided in cottages at Little Atlin Lodge. A large terrace, propane BBQ facilities, a picnic table, and a fire pit … More: photo, rates and booking
Mountain Ridge Motel & RV Park

Located in 53 km from Carcross Desert
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Rooms: 7
A cable TV is featured in each room at Mountain Ridge Motel & RV Park. A seating area is provided outside all rooms offering mountain or garden … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

White Pass & Yukon Route
88 km - White Pass & Yukon Route
White Pass & Yukon Route railroad connects the city of Whitehorse in Canada to Skagway, in the United States. The total length of the railway system is 175 kilometres, and the most dangerous part of it lies in Alaska. This specific section attracts thrill-seekers from …
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
402 km - Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Harsh Alaska is home to a fascinating reserve. Wrangell-St. Ellias National Park is located here. Established in 1980, it covers an area of more than 53320 square kilometres. The most remarkable attraction in the reserve is St. Elias Mount. Fabulously beautiful park …
Nahanni National Park Reserve
617 km - Nahanni National Park Reserve
One of the most famous national parks in Canada is the Nahanni. It was founded in 1976. The reserve occupies an area of ​​4 776 square km. Travellers who choose to visit this wonderful nook of the world will be able to see a lot of unique attractions. One of the …
Dalton Highway
1114 km - Dalton Highway
One of the most dangerous and difficult roads located in Alaska, Dalton Highway, has long been associated with an increased risk. The length of the road is 141 miles. It was built as a service road to connect the oil tank farms located in Alaska with other areas of the …
Helmcken Waterfall
1284 km - Helmcken Waterfall
One of the major attractions of British Columbia is Helmcken waterfall. It is located among the coastal mountains, in the Tweedsmuir nature reserve. The graceful waterfall is the second largest in British Columbia; its total height is about 400 meters. The mouth of the …
Peace River
1315 km - Peace River
The best place for rafting can be found in Canada. Peace River is located in the incredibly beautiful and difficult terrain, until its source can be reached the fastest with the watercraft. The experienced athletes will be delighted by the variety of the complicated … - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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