Carcross Desert – World’s Smallest Desert

Carcross desert is located in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory, close to the British Columbia border. It is the world’s smallest desert measuring approximately 2.6 sq km. Even though it’s the smallest desert, technically it isn’t a desert as it is very humid and surrounded by lakes.

Walking on the world’s smallest desert

Sand dunes in this desert are the remains of the large glacial lakes. They are formed by the deposits left behind after drying up of the glacial lakes.

Carcross Desert – A nature’s playground

The Yukon Government is making great efforts to protect the desert. But, it is still being used by the locals as a natural playground for recreation and sport activities like riding ATVs and dirt biking.

A playground for ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Adventure and fun with a view! 😍

Even if you don’t have a toy to roll down the dunes, there are spectacular views from the top of the hill, a short 1.5 km hike, which makes the walk worth it. During spring and early summer, a backdrop of snow capped mountains behind Nares Lake, makes for an amazing photographic opportunity. There are very few places in the world where you would get to see sand dunes, lake, hills, forest & snow capped mountains all in one frame!

Beautiful views atop the sand dunes

Driving Directions

Carcross desert is 70 km from Whitehorse.

Get onto the Alaska Hwy and drive south for about 14 km then turn right on Klondike Hwy. Continue on Klondike Hwy for another 40 km and you will pass Emerald Lake on your right. There is a look out point to take pictures of the emerald blue color lake. After driving for another 10 mins, you will reach Carcross Desert.

For more things to do in Carcross, click on the following link for more information on hiking the Sam McGee Trail.

More Pictures

One thought on “Carcross Desert – World’s Smallest Desert

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.