Carcross Desert

Carcross Desert Geography / History

Carcross Desert which is located on outer side of Carcross, Yukon and Canada. It is usually considered as world’s smallest desert and covers around 640 acres. The sand in this area attracts many tourists and this desert is formed from Glacial Lake. Though it is referred to as a desert but in general it is a series of sand dunes.

It is also known as Carcross Dunes or Carcross Sands. Previously this area was covered up with large glacial lake and when it started to retreat it caused low level of water leaving sandy lake behind. As and when lakes were dried and then dunes were visible. At present strong winds from Lake Bennett carry the sand in to Carcross desert. So it becomes highly difficult for establishment of vegetation.

Facts

Location Outside Carcross, Yukon, Canada
Latitude & Longitude 60°11′14″N 134°41′41″W (Coordinates)
Rivers Natasaheen River
Lakes Bennett Lake
Golf Course Annie Lake Golf Course
Camping
  • Tagish Territorial Campground
  • Marsh Lake Territorial Campground

Plants

Plants that are grown in Carcross desert are Baikal Sedge, Yukon Lupine, Blue-eyed Mary, Mutton Grass, Nelson's Needle-grass and Siberian asters. Carcross desert is surrounded by mountains which causes a rain shadow effect. So it causes this area to be dried by receiving less than 50 cm rain per year.

Tourim Places

Things to Do

Carcross desert is well known for Sky diving and it is one of the tourist places. This Carcross desert is being popularized as one of the famous tourist attractions. It will be a good decision for people who want to spend their free time with their dear ones at Carcross desert. The famous summer activities in Carcross desert are snowboarding, cross –country skiing and sand boarding.

Caribou Crossing

Country Canada
Territory Yukon
Area
 Land 0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Elevation 659 m (2,161 ft)
Population (2011)
Total 289
Density 17.9/km2 (46/sq mi)
Change 2006-11 +3.2%
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Climate / Weather Forecast

Average Temperature Data for Carcross
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Record high °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
18.9
(66)
13.5
(56.3)
21.0
(69.8)
28.0
(82.4)
31.7
(89.1)
Average high °C (°F) −13.2
(8.2)
−7.8
(18)
−0.6
(30.9)
7.3
(45.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −18.2
(−0.8)
−13.9
(7)
−7.8
(18)
−0.7
(30.7)
Average low °C (°F) −22.7
(−8.9)
−20.0
(−4)
−14.8
(5.4)
−8.4
(16.9)
Record low °C (°F) −51.2
(−60.2)
−48.3
(−54.9)
−42.2
(−44)
−32.8
(−27)
−12.5
(9.5)
−6.7
(19.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 28.6
(1.126)
23.4
(0.921)
9.6
(0.378)
5.5
(0.217)
14.9
(0.587)
28.5
(1.122)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.5
(0.02)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.008)
1.5
(0.059)
14.8
(0.583)
28.5
(1.122)
Snowfall cm (inches) 28.1
(11.06)
23.4
(9.21)
9.4
(3.7)
4.0
(1.57)
0.1
(0.04)
0.0
(0)
Avg. precipitation day 7.5 6.0 3.5 2.1 4.7 6.4
Avg. rainy days 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.6 4.8 6.4
Avg. snowy days 7.3 6.0 3.4 1.5 0.1 0.0

 

Average Temperature Data for Carcross
Month Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.5
(90.5)
31.7
(89.1)
26.7
(80.1)
20.0
(68)
13.3
(55.9)
14.0
(57.2)
32.5
(90.5)
Average high °C (°F) 21.7
(71.1)
20.6
(69.1)
13.5
(56.3)
5.6
(42.1)
−3.7
(25.3)
−7.3
(18.9)
3.6
(38.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.2
(57.6)
13.0
(55.4)
7.9
(46.2)
1.1
(34)
−7.7
(18.1)
−11.6
(11.1)
−2.4
(27.7)
Average low °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
5.1
(41.2)
2.3
(36.1)
−3.4
(25.9)
−11.4
(11.5)
−15.7
(3.7)
−8.2
(17.2)
Record low °C (°F) −3.3
(26.1)
−11.7
(10.9)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−30.0
(−22)
−40.0
(−40)
−55.0
(−67)
−55.0
(−67)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.9
(1.177)
28.1
(1.106)
32.9
(1.295)
27.0
(1.063)
28.9
(1.138)
22.5
(0.886)
279.8
(11.016)
Rainfall mm (inches) 29.9
(1.177)
28.0
(1.102)
30.1
(1.185)
17.1
(0.673)
1.4
(0.055)
0.2
(0.008)
152.2
(5.992)
Snowfall cm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.04)
2.8
(1.1)
9.9
(3.9)
27.4
(10.79)
22.4
(8.82)
127.6
(50.24)
Avg. precipitation day 8.1 7.4 9.0 7.9 7.3 6.5 76.3
Avg. Rainfall Days 8.1 7.4 8.5 5.0 0.4 0.1 41.7
Avg. Snowy Days 0.0 0.0 0.7 3.5 7.1 6.5 35.9

Animals / Mammals

  • Gnorimoschema Moth
  • Mountain Goats
  • Dall Sheep
  • Tundra swans
  • Bears
  • Caribou
  • Waterfowl

Photos / Images

Carcross Desert
Carcross Desert
Carcross Desert Information Sign
Carcross Desert Information Sign
Carcross Desert Map
Carcross Desert Map
Carcross Desert Winter
Carcross Desert Winter