THINGS NOT TO MISS IN WADI RUM
Wadi Rum's Amazing Landscapes
Jebel Khazali - Khazali CANYON
Amazing landscape in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert with a giant rock and a canyon running through it. The canyon is around 30 minutes walk with narrow passage ways. There are many ancient inscriptions, carvings and forms of artwork on the rocks made by the Nabataeans, some dating more than 2000 years ago. Depending on the season, pools of water can be found from rainfall, which is a unique site in the middle of the desert. The rock mountain around the canyon offers all kinds of opportunities for hiking and climbing and it can satisfy people with any level of expertise in those activities. There are visitors who spend their whole day just wandering around the mountains and the canyon and exploring all routes and trails, this wonder of nature has to offer. It is a photographer's paradise with numerous views of the unique Wadi Rum landscape.
Wadi UMM ISHRIN - RED SAND DUNES
There are various places in Wadi Rum you can climp on sand dunes but the most commonly visited is a dune sloping up alongside a jebel – a bit tough to climb up, great fun to run down! Once you reach the top, sit and enjoy the outstanding panoramic views. The spot is also used for sand-boarding.
JABAL ANFISHIYYEH - NABATAEAN INSCRIPTIONS
This is one of the most significant sites in the whole of Wadi Rum. On the big rock side of Jabal Anfishiyyeh, there are some of the finest Thamudic and Nabataean petroglyphs and inscriptions that can be found. Those petroglyphs say different stories of hunters and packs of camels. Others are a route reminder for the ancient caravans. Others are left to imagination and interpretation!
JABAL AL-HASH/ AL FORAH - The Wilderness Zone
One of the less visited areas of Wadi Rum, the Jabal Al-Hash mountain is in Al Forah area and in near proximity to the borders with Saudi Arabia. It is rather easy to climb and people that visit really do enjoy it! The quite amazing extra surprise of the mountain is that fossils can be found on its ground and the sun rays reflecting on the salt crystals in the sand make the whole place sparkling! It really is a unique sight to remember!
UMM FRUTH ROCK BRIDGE
Um Fruth Rock bridge is a natural formation about 15 meters in height located in a remote spot of the desert area. It is one of the most photographed places in Wadi Rum as it offers spectacular views of the surrounding area with the yellow mountains. It is a rather easy climb to the top without any special gear needed, just follow your guide's directions.
JABAL BURDAH BRIDGE
Jabal Burdah or Burdah Rock Bridge stands at 35 meters above the desert ground and is one of the highest natural arches bridges in the world. It is located at the southeast of the Wadi Rum desert and trully is one of the most amazing sites of the protected area. Certain level of fitness is required to ascend to the top, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding hikes in the whole of Wadi Rum. It takes around 3 hours to climb and the views from the bridge are simply breathtaking.
UM SABATAH - SUNSET PLACE
Um Sabatah is approximately 10 kilometres from Rum village. It is famous for its sunsets and regardless if you choose a mountainside, a sand dune or the plain desert terrain, you will indulge in one of the best sunsets on Earth. The spectrum of changing colors reflecting on the mountain and the sand as the sun sets and night comes, is a picture to take and a memory to have!
The actual name of the spring is Ain Abu Aineh but it is commonly known as Lawrence spring. T.E. Lawrence or the world famous Lawrence of Arabia was a British official who fought along side with the Arabs during their revolt against the Ottoman empire. This spring served as both his camping base and military base. There is a water tank that marks the location of the spring and is situated near the entrance of Wadi Shallalah. The spring itself is not very large, but to actually see a spring in the middle of the vast desert is a sight to remember. The breathtaking views of the whole Wadi Rum area will compensate everyone who makes the effort to reach the top of the spring.
Most of the house that, as per legend, T.E. Lawrence lived during the Arab revolt has been destroyed but there are ruins left to visit. The house was built by the Romans on the Nabataean ruins of a water cistern and an inscription which lies near the building mentions the area's ancient name "Iram". The terrain around this area offers unique opportunities for circuiting and spectacular uninterrupted views of the red sand dunes.
SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM - JABAL AL MAZMAR
Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain is named after a book by T.E.Lawrence. The original name is Jabal Al Mazmar, still in use by the Bedouins. It is a stunning rock, weather-worn mountain visible from a distance and located directly opposite the Wadi Rum's visitor center. It actually has 5 clearly identifiable pillars and 2 more are tacked away by the corner.
It really leaves its visitors admiring it in awe, as that unique rock formation stands out alone from the red sand, like floating on it. It is one of the best hiking locations and one of the most photographed mountains in the area.
Barrah Canyon is one of the most famous and popular canyons of Wadi Rum. This long rock corridor cuts the Barrah Massif in 2 and stretches through the mountains for 5 kilometers. This yellow sand canyon offers unique opportunities for hiking, climbing, scrambling, camel trekking among sand dunes and magnificent huge multi-colored cliffs and towers. To cross the canyon would typically take around 1,5 to 2 hours.
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