The Little Sahara State Park is an example of Oklahoma’s diverse terrain. The park boasts more than 1,600 acres of sand dunes which range in height from 25 to 75 feet. The dunes were created over time from terrace deposits and well-sorted quartz, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the area. Located south of Waynoka, the park primary activity is dune buggy and ATV riding across the dunes. Bring your own or rent one off-site by a private vendor. Dune access fees are $10.00 per day. Passengers under 10 are free. If you bring your own vehicle, you are required to follow all park rules.
The park offers amenities such as 86 RV sites with water and electricity, 143 tent sites, picnic areas and showers. Concessions are offered in the park seasonally, and groceries and fuel are available nearby.
Plan your trip around two major festivals – the Annual Midwest Sand Fest in September. It brings sand drag racers from all over America to the Golden Sands of Oklahoma.
The Sahara Snake Hunt Weekend is, without a doubt, the biggest weekend at the Park. Held each year on the first weekend following Easter, it begins Saturday with a free ham and bean feed at the Saddle Club Building in downtown Waynoka. The downtown square is blocked off and a carnival is set up with vendors of every kind. The event ends with the snake measurement and weigh ceremony. 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 the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, which they saw as a threat to their cattle. It has since become an annual festival drawing thousands to northwest Oklahoma.