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Little Sahara State Park (Waynoka, Oklahoma)

Overview Of Little Sahara State Park

Open: Year Round
Latitude / Longitude: 36.527795, -98.878531
Usage: Heavy
Managed by: Oklahoma State
$10 for all drivers and passengers.
Passengers under 10 years old are free.
Camping: Yes
Location: Northwest Oklahoma
The dunes are 5 minutes south of Waynoka, OK.
Drive 3.2 miles south on US 281

 Little Sahara State Park location map

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Oklahoma had the foresight to purchase this land in 1960 and over time it became the OHV area it is today.

These Oklahoma sand dunes are open year round and camping is also available year round.

September to May is the best weather for riding. June is in the high 80s with July and August averaging in the mid 90s.

Little Sahara State Park boast over 1,600 acres of sand dunes, ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet. These natural dunes were slowly formed by blowing sand accumulating over thousands of years.

It has all the dune riding you’d expect – bowls, rolling hills, jumps and open areas.

Of course there’s a comp hill, but it’s not as steep or challenging as some other dunes. However, even without the big steep climbs, it more than makes up for it with enough terrain variety to keep all riders happy.

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It’s a whole lot of fun to open it up on the long stretches with wide low rolling hills.

This is a convenient destination for a quick getaway, great for families with children. If you don’t have your own machine, you can rent one outside the park.

The campgrounds are conveniently located to the riding area with showers are available.

UTVs at Little Sahara State Park - Oklahoma Sand Dunes
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Little Sahara State Park Campground

  • Fee:
  • $22 with electric and water hookups
  • $14 tent
    • +$5 Premium site


  • Senior Discount: Campers 62 years and older receive $2 off the daily rate for standard RV and tent campsites. Utility fees do not get a discount.
  • Total disability discount is 50% of the base rate for standard RV and tent campsites. Utility and premium campsite fees do not qualify for a discount.
  • To qualify for discounts you must supply age/disability ID.
  • Senior discounts are also available for other recreational features.


  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • 86 Reservable RV sites with water and electric
  • Camping reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance
  • Camping is available year round
  • 143 tent sites
  • 30 / 50 amp
  • Dump station
  • Grills
  • Pets allowed
  • Pull through sites
  • Picnic area
  • Showers
  • Concessions are available during the busy season

Little Sahara Sand Dunes: Make A Camping Reservations

Oklahoma Sand Dunes

  • Camping reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance
  • This park is open year round
  • Cows sometimes make their way into the riding area
  • There’s a viewing platform for checking out the action

Little Sahara State Park Rules And Regulations

  • Ride at your own risk. 
  • Stay within the posted park boundaries.
  • Whip flags required. Must be 10 feet from the ground to the top of the whip.
  • Whip flags must be 6″ x 12″ and attached within 10″ of the whip’s tip. Must be solid orange color.
  • Lights are required for night time use, bright white for the front and red for the rear.
  • Dune buggies and 4×4 vehicles must have a roll bar strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle and they must also have seat belts for all riders.
  • Full coverage helmets are strongly recommended. 
  • Operators less than 18 years old must wear a helmet.
  • Passengers are not allowed on an ATV unless it was designed by the manufacturer to carry a passenger.

Oklahoma Sand Dunes

Oklahoma boasts two sand dunes open to off roading: Little Sahara State Park and Beaver Dunes State Park.

Both happen to be in the north west section of the state in the pan handle region. They’re only a 2 hour drive from on another, so be sure to check out both if you have the time.

ATV Laws In Oklahoma

  • All operators and/or passengers less than 18 years old must wear an approved helmet.
  • Passengers are not allowed on an ATV unless it was designed by the manufacturer to carry a passenger.
  • Parents, legal guardians, or the owner of an OHV operated by a minor is legally responsible for any law violations committed by a minor operator.
  • Oklahoma does not allow street legal OHVs.
  • You can legally cross roads and highways that bisect trails if you have a driver’s license, but only during the day. This rule does not apply to divided highways or streets or highways with a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour in the area of the crossing.

Oklahoma OHV Registration

  • In Oklahoma, all ATVs and off-road motorcycles (ORMs) are required to be registered (Cost is $11. This is a one time, non-reoccurring fee.)
  • If you have your OHV registered in your home state, that makes it legal in OK. No special permit required.

ATV Laws In Oklahoma

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