Desert of Maine

Would you believe it if i told you there was a desert in Maine? Well, there is, and its in Freeport Maine. Open May-October, the “Desert” offers tours, and camping facilities. Another feature is mining at the Desert Of Maine . The GGM Mining Company Sluice for all gem stones and fossils. With the narrated coach tours, nature trails, Barn Museum and Gift Shop, its a sure pick when traveling through Freeport.
  • Narrated Coach Tours
  • Sand Designing
  • 1783 Barn Museum
  • Walking Tours
  • Marked Nature Trails
  • Giant Sand Dunes
  • Picnic Area
  • Gift Shop
  • Convenience Store
  Scientists and writers the world over have attested to the Desert's authenticity. The natural phenomenon has been accorded recognition by such notables as Walter Winchell in his New York Daily News column and in Ripley's Believe It or Not. Also featured in Deserts of America, a Universal documentary.

Admission Rates - hours of entertainment , education and unique experience.

Enjoy a 30 minute educational glacial desert tour ride starting approx. 9:00 AM Tours depart every Half Hour Last Tour 4:30 All Day Admission includes 30 minute Narrated Tram-Tour, 1783 Barn Museum, Nature Trails, Butterfly Room, Gem Mining.

In 1797 the Tuttle family moved to the 300 acre farm that once covered the Desert of Maine where they successfully raised crops of potatoes and hay for several years. Failure to rotate crops thereafter, combined with massive land - clearing and overgrazing resulted in severe soil erosion that exposed this hidden Desert. As the spreading sand grew uncontrollable, the Tuttles surrendered, leaving the Desert to it's destiny. Visit our Farm Museum in the original Tuttle Barn. The barn is over 200 years old and is the only building remaining from the Tuttle farm.



The Desert of Maine and it's surrounding forest have remained a natural haven for Maines indigenous Flora & Fauna. See living trees half covered in sand. Puruse the various nature trails and see wild flowers, mushrooms,wild blueberries and many other varieties of nature's wonders...

Gem Stone Hunts For Children 12 years old and younger. . . Price is included with admission NO EXTRA FEE!

The Desert of Maine is proud to present its NEW Butterfly Room. Butterfly assortments will be based on availability and seasons. Cost of entry is included in the admission price.

Gift Shop


Camping Rates

"Desert Dunes of Maine Campground" is set in a pine forest adjacent to the famous Desert of Maine.


Campers will receive a pass to explore our Nature Trails, the Desert, the 1783 Tuttle Barn and its museums. They will also receive discounted rates on the entrance fee which includes our Narrated Tram Tour full of History, Geology and Ecology information to help you understand this Glacial Wash Plain.
  • FREE Wi-Fi Hot Spot
  • Pets Welcome with leash & own cleanup
  • RV's and Tents
  • Open & Shaded Sites
  • Water & Electric
  • Sewer Sites
  • Hot Showers
  • On-site Picnic Tables
  • Pool
  • Volleyball & Badminton court
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Dumping Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Area
  • Convenience Store
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Dog Pin/Course (See Picture Below)
Only 2 miles off I-295 Take Exit 20, Turn West to Dead End 95 Desert Rd. Freeport, Me. 04032 Tel. (207) 865-6962
View Larger Map Only 2 miles off I-295 Take Exit 20, Turn West to Dead End 95 Desert Rd. Freeport, Me. 04032 Tel. (207) 865-6962 e-mail: