A visit to Little Sahara State Park will give you an insight into the diverse landscape of Oklahoma, as you'll feel like you have stepped straight into the African Desert. The landscape is filled with over 1600 acres of rolling sand dunes just waiting to be explored, with the tallest reaching an impressive 75 feet, drawing people in from miles around to search for an RV in Woods County, OK. These incredible dunes have been forming over the years thanks to the terrace deposit that were left when the Cimmeron Rover flowed through the area.
The nearest town to the state park is Waynoka, located in the northwest of Oklahoma. It was formed in the 1950s and was given its name in the hope that visitors would be lured to the area. Today it is one of the most popular places to see the 'active' dunes. As the park has a layer of sand over 25 feet thick, there is no chance of them disappearing any time soon. Those that visit the park often stay in the campground, getting an RV rental from neighboring towns such as Mooreland and Alva.
The main attraction here and the reason lots of people rent an RV near Little Sahara State Park is to go ATV and dune buggy riding across the sand dunes. It gives you a real adrenaline rush as you glide over the sand. There is nowhere to rent a buggy in the park, so you will need to either bring your own or rent one off-site, but visitors are sure to have the time of their life in this mini desert atmosphere. Overall there are 1450 acres of ridable sand to enjoy.
Riding an ATV here is so big that in September, Sand Fest is held in the park. The event brings sand drag racers to the area from all over America, and the state park campground can get pretty crowded. Many other events also center around this activity, from dune buggy races to drag races, while dune buggy rides are offered as well to those that would prefer to take the back seat. For the more creative, the sandcastle building contest is always a massive hit.
ATV riding is not for everyone, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the sand dunes. They are also great to explore on foot, such as a walk over to the observation center. The observation center is an attraction in itself, giving visitors prime viewing of the ATV events taking place out on the dunes. Bring binoculars and some snacks and watch the show out on the sands. Many people come to the park simply to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful scenery it has to offer. It provides the ideal escape from busy city life, and if you come during the off-season, there is a good chance you won't bump into anyone else.
Camping at Little Sahara State Park
There are plenty of options when it comes to camping at Little Sahara State Park. Overall there are three different campsites to choose from, each offering a little something different. All sites have electric and water hookups, plus there are fire pits and grills located around the campground for outside cooking.
Overall there are 86 RV sites available for rent, offering almost immediate access to the dunes with a number of amenities leading to a comfortable stay.
Exploring the Area
There are a few events held throughout the year in the area, but without a doubt, the biggest and most celebrated is the Sahara Snake Hunt Weekend. The downtown area of nearby Waynoka is closed off, and hundreds of people descend on the many stalls and carnival attractions. The event then ends in a very strange way as snakes are measured and weighed, and a price is given to the person who has managed to capture the biggest snake alive. The snakes are then auctioned off to the highest bidder. Get a Waynoka RV rental at this time to also enjoy the fun.
For shopping and dining outside the state park, the nearest place to go is Waynoka. The town is nice to explore, but there is not a lot of things to do. For those that don't mind heading a little bit further afield, the town of Woodward is larger, and conveniently located near to a number of attractions.
Crystal Beach Waterpark is the perfect place to cool off after a hot day in the Oklahoma sun. It has water slides and a toddler area, providing fun for the whole family. If history is a little more your thing, then a visit to the Plains Indian and Pioneer Museum is a must. Visitors have the opportunity to learn all about the history of northwest Oklahoma. The museum's main aims are to collect and preserve a range of photos and artifacts through a series of exciting exhibits. It is a fascinating day out and should be combined with any trip to Woodward.