More than 20,000 expected to descend on Utah’s Little Sahara for Easter weekend

Posted at 10:11 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 00:11:00-04

JUAB COUNTY, Utah -- Thrillseekers from all over are gathering in Juab County for Easter weekend, and it's estimated more than 20,000 people will be enjoying Utah's Little Sahara Recreation Area.

The sand dunes of Little Sahara, which spans 60,000 acres, offer potential for fun for off-road enthusiasts, many of whom have been coming to the annual event for decades.

Officials in Juab County said law enforcement personnel assigned to the area jumps from six officers to 90 during the event to make sure everyone is safe during the festivities.

"There is a tendency for risk, but we do everything we can to keep the risk minimal and the injuries minimal too," said Lisa Reid, a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management.

In addition to extra officers, there are also ambulances and medical helicopters nearby in case anyone gets injured.

FOX 13 News' Kiersten Nuñez was down in Juab County to take in the sights and sounds, see the video above for her report--including a frightening, for her at least, personal experience during a ride out on the dunes.