Southwest of Salt Lake City and west of Nephi, the Little Sahara Recreation Area is the largest dune field in Utah. Little Sahara Recreation Area is a designated and managed off-road-vehicle (OHV) open area. It features 60,000 acres of sand dunes, trails, and sagebrush flats. The main attraction is a system of giant, free-moving sand dunes that creates a constantly changing playground for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and sand rails (steel-tubed enclosed sand vehicles). Sand Mountain, a wall of sand climbing nearly 700 feet, is the primary focal point for hill climbing. White Sands Dunes, on the northern side of the recreation area, has plentiful riding “bowls.” The low-lying dunes southwest of Black Mountain provide good terrain for beginners or for those who just want to get away from the crowds. Black Mountain provides a network of dirt trails up, over, and around a peak, offering excellent trail riding for just about any kind of OHV.
To reach the Little Sahara from Salt Lake City, head south (approximately 115 miles) on Interstate 15 to Exit 225. Turn right and take State Highway 132 toward Nephi. Continue west from Nephi on State Highway 132 for about 13 miles, then northwest for 9 miles on Juab County Route 1812 to Jericho Junction. The entrance road to Little Sahara is 4 miles west of Jericho Junction. There is a visitor center near the pay station at the entrance.
The whole recreation site is one big designated riding area. It will take only moments after you reach the dunes that you are suddenly thankful that you have a whip flag on your machine to make you visible to your fellow recreationists as they come at you from every direction. The busiest time to visit to Little Sahara is in the spring while the summer the heat can be somewhat stifling. The designated recreation area is about 12 Miles long (North to South) and 10 Miles wide (East to West) It is not a perfect square.