Last Updated on January 14, 2024
A list of popular desert adventure sports, recreational beach activities, racing and animal riding that are popular in sandy regions and deserts across the world.
Whether on a hot summer day at the beach or travelling in the Sahara, from extreme boardsports like sand dune surfing and dune bashing to the more exotic camel riding or simply playing a fun game of beach volleyball, there’s plenty of fun to be had at the dunes.
Desert & Sand Sports Master List
Sandboarding (or sand surfing)
Sliding down sand dunes with a sandboard while standing up on two feet.
Sandsledding (or sand toboganning)
Sliding down sand dunes with a sandsled while sitting or laying down on your belly.
Volcano boarding (or volcano surfing, ashboarding)
Sliding down a slope of volcanic ashes and hardened lava after a recent volcano eruption.
Sledding down a slope of volcano ashes and hardened lava after a recent volcano eruption.
Sliding down sand dunes with a pair of sand skis.
Cable skiing on sandy terrain in the desert, usually with the aid of an offroad vehicle.
Landboarding on soft sand with the aid of a kite and a pair of skis or a dune buggy.
Hiking & Camping
Trekking in desert environments, climbing sand dunes and extreme dry weather locations.
Backpacking and setting up camps in the desert.
Running and racing in the desert. There are many marathons that take place in the desert such as the Marathon des Sables in Morocco and the Australian Outback Marathon.
Camel riding is widespread in the Sahara desert as well as other locations in Asia.
Desert horseriding is common in cold deserts, such as in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
A once surprisingly popular sport that is still practiced in selected locations.
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