East of Delta Utah
Huge sand dunes
As much as you want
Allowed on leash
18 Dollars per night camping
Running water available at camp sites
Spring, Fall, Winter
Open year round
There is little to no shade
Lots of sand and dirt paths
Lots of outhouses and some flushing toilets
Little Sahara National Recreation Site
Bring you own
ATV, dirt bike, helmet, sunglasses
Visitor Center: 39.72639 N, 112.30713 W
Sand Mountain: 39.63645 N, 112.38912 W
Access the dunes via I-15. Take the Payson exit towards Eureka and Delta and go west. The sand Dunes are past Eureka and 30 Miles east of Delta. Eureka is the last place with any fuel facilities. I recommend stopping near the interstate exit. There are facilities in Delta 30 miles from the dunes but you have to drive further to get there.
The sand dunes have three main camp areas. The biggest and most popular is camping right at the face of sand mountain. On popular Weekends there have been known to have 20,000 people camping here. There is no shade but there are restroom facilities. I personally prefer to camp at the white sands area. There are 100 sites here with restrooms, fire rings, grills, and what I think is most important shade. These sights are in a large grove of juniper trees. There are less people camping here and the dunes close by are much more family friendly. Sand mountain is about a 45 minute ride on the trail from White Sands. Here is what the sites here look like vs sand mountain. Depending what you like you can take it from there.
The main attraction for adrenaline junkies is sand mountain. It is a 700 foot dune. It is huge. There are some huge bowls around it and several different runs and shoots to ride to the top. It is a lot of fun but shouldn’t be attempted by inexperienced riders. There are much more family friendly beginner dunes around other areas. Sand mountain is also almost always packed with tons of people so chances of collision are very high so always keep a very close eye out and assume that everyone else doesn’t see you and take steps to avoid them. This is the main face that everyone races up.
There are 60,000 acres of sand dunes here so sand mountain is definitely not the only attraction. I always have more fun exploring all the dunes. You can find good spots for any sort of experience level to enjoy themselves. I have found if you ride 20 or 30 minutes out of the campsites you almost never see people. I think it makes it more fun and less stressful because you don’t have to worry as much about hitting someone. If you have never tried dunes make sure and take some time and practice on smaller dunes to make sure you know how a machine handles. Safety whip flags are required here on all vehicles on the dunes. The BLM has lots of officers around that will ticket you without them. And they actually really help see people you may otherwise not. Once you are comfortable and know what you can do this can be some of the most fun you can have on a motorized vehicle. Here are some pictures of different variety of dunes here.
I always try and come here at least once a year. It may be my favorite place to ride because it is so much fun! Its not as much for scenery as mountain rides but it more than makes up for it in adrenaline and just pure fun. I recommend anyone who hasn’t been to go. You won’t be disappointed!