Although the weather in January was ideal time to visit, when we arrived to this incredible site we were shocked to find many areas defaced with graffiti and ridden with bullet holes. It did not feel safe at all. There were a few other visiting local and foreign tourists but given the effort, distance and money that takes to visit this beaten up place, I doubt we will return. Sadly, our previous visit was probably the beginning of the worse-has-yet-to-come scenario. Many of the actual grave sites that could be entered for inspection and photagrapgy had junk food wrappings, empty soda cans and food waste. There was extremely noisy work by crews on heavy machinery within the protected area as well as strategically placed WC facilitly buildings already in place unlike just the year before. The inner roads and paths were obliterated and signage was minimal. Although these efforts seem to be in place to promote this site, I fear that the entire site has been compromised. I'm glad I got to see it just a year or so ago. Its sad to know that not even all the resources in the KSA can protect such an important site... I guess there's just too much local opposition and general lack of appreciation due to conflicting views per their religion. The hotel visit allowed us to arrive, sleep, wake up early and leave. This time we brought provisions ( bread, cheese, bottled water, deli meats) and although we had several coffees and tried to order simple local fare - it was just not good. It also seems that staff member visitors or other locals are more privy to the kind of attention paying guests shoulld have. I recal 3 seperate times in 1.5 days at the hotel when a typical tray wv Arabic coffee and dates were offered to staff friends who took lobby area seating and socialized openly. At least someone enjoyed the warm hospitality. the hotel insists to coordinate a series of police escorts through all the towns/cities all the way to your final destination should you arrive by car. Although an understandable safety precaution, this " rule" will certainly put a damper on your own pace.it cost us extra hours and one escort nearly caused an accident with against us. The place is fascinating and a great photo op. We appreciate the opportunity to visit the first time but not a desirable destination at all for all the aforementioned. If you go then please be prepared and pack your gear accordingly.