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Little Sahara, OK

Little Sahara Sand Fest
Sand Fest at Little Sahara

Name: Little Sahara State Park, Oklahoma


Four miles south of Waynoka, Oklahoma.


1,450 acres of rideable sand

The dunes were created over 11,000 years ago from terrace deposits and well-sorted quartz left by the Cimarron River when it flowed across this area during the Pleistocene Age. This makes for extremely fine quartz sand.


Four miles south of Waynoka on Highway 281

GPS Coordinates:

Camping Area(s):

Camping Fees

212 campsites in three campgrounds:

  • Golden Sands (south) - 50 with hookups

  • Buttercup (north) - 20 with hookups

  • Cowboy (north) - 20 with hookups

First Come, First Serve RV Campsites W/ Electrical Hook Ups (30 amps) $20.00 per day

RV Campsites W/ 50 amp Electrical Hook Ups  $20.00 per day

Tent Sites $ 12.00 per day

Little Sahara Camping Area Oklahoma

All campgrounds have hot showers (pay).


  • All vehicles must have a WHIP attached to the ORV that extends 10 feet from the ground to the top of the whip.
  • All vehicles must have a 6"x12" FLAG attached within 10" of the whip's tip that is bright orange in color only with no writing on the flag.
  • All vehicles must have Lights, front and rear, for night use.
  • Dune buggies and 4x4 vehicles must have a ROLL BAR sufficient to support the weight of vehicle and must have a seat belt for every passenger.
  • Riding double no longer allowed unless the vehicle was specifically designed by the manufacturer for a passenger.
  • Riders under 18 must wear a helmet.
  • Reckless operation of off-road vehicles, such as "wheelies" or "power slides', is prohibited in the campground area.
  • You must stay within park boundaries.
  • Full coverage HELMETS are strongly suggested, and of course riding is at your own risk.
  • Your are required to stay within the posted SPEED LIMITof 15 MPH. ORVs should use low gears only.
  • No speeding, wheelies, or reckless operation of any vehicle in the camp grounds. Speed limit 15 MPH.
  • Transporting open containers of beer in any motor driven vehicle is prohibited. This includes three-wheelers, four-wheelers and dune buggies in the camp ground.
  • No person under the age of 21 may drink or possess alcoholic beverages.
  • All pets must remain on a chain or leash not to exceed 10 ft. in length.
  • Fires in the dune area are strictly prohibited. Fires in the camping area are approved in the grills only.
  • Glass containers are prohibited in the dune area.
  • All alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the dune area.
  • All roads in the campground are open to vehicle traffic but the use of the campgrounds for the children to ride. ORVs is dangerous and of concern to everyone. The children are hard to see from a vehicle, and the dust stirred up bothers other park visitors. Parents are asked to limit their children's riding only to and from the bath house and the dune area, unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  • Wading pools, swimming pools or similar water collecting devises are prohibited due to the over demand placed on our park water pumps while filling such containers.

LittleSahara OK Rules


  • Dune access fees are $10.00 per day

Other Information:

  • Snake Hunt

The Sahara Snake Hunt Weekend is without a doubt, the biggest weekend at the park. You will need to arrive early in the week to get a decent spot.

The event is held each year on the first weekend following Easter. It begins on Saturday with a free ham and bean feed at the Saddle Club Building, downtown Waynoka. The downtown square is blocked off and a carnival is set up with vendors of every kind. The event ends with a very bizarre ceremony where the snakes are measured and weighed. A prize is given for the longest snake captured (alive), the most pounds caught, and for the most buttons on the end of a rattler. The final event is an auction in which the longer snakes are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

It began in the 40s as a gathering of area ranchers who banded together for the purpose of thinning out a critter they saw as a threat to their cattle, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. Over the years it became a ritual and a club was formed to organize the event into a festival that  they hoped would draw thousands of visitors in an effort to boost the local economy. It worked and that club today is known as the Waynoka Saddle Club.

Snake Hunt Weekend

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  • Sand Fest

Annual Midwest Sand Fest at Little Sahara in September, brings sand drag racers from all over America to the Golden Sands of Waynoka.

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