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Review of Red Canyon

Red Canyon
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Eilat
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Great place for short trekking in the desert. unique atmospheric.

2  Thank BuzuIsrael
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

a short walk takes to the canyon. the canyon itself is a short walk but very nice. take a lot of water with you!!! no water suply and no fee.

2  Thank yifat p
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Reviewed December 12, 2010

Rather than driving to Eilat on highway 90 consider a detour, right onto highway 13 and then a left onto 40 which follows the Israel Trail. After 38 km you’ll come to Shizaphon Junction where you’ll find an organic, vegetarian restaurant run by the folks of Kibbutz Naot Smadar, a lovely place to take a break. If you're not interested in a meal you can also buy products from the kibbutz to take with, artisan goat cheeses, homemade bread, jams, fruit leather, dates and wine - some great snacks for your hike or afterwards..

Continue on highway 12 south for about 50 km until you see the cutoff for the Red Canyon – Wadi Shani on your left. Follow the dirt road to the parking area.

Wear good walking shoes and a hat, bring along water, you're in the desert. From the end of the parking area you follow the green trail markers along a dry river bed. It gets interesting when you descend into the narrow canyon, no more than 3 meters in width with a height of up to 30 meters, created over years by water erosion of the sandstone. The parks authority have put rungs into the rock to help you get down. The kids won't have any problem, it's usually the parents who have trouble.

The dominant color of the rock is red with shades of pink and purple. It reminded me of a smaller version of the canyon at Petra. Don't forget your camera, there are some great photos.

To return you climb up out of the canyon where the streambed widens and take the path along the cliff side with a great view of the canyon below. There are rungs to hold onto, here the adults can worry about the height and proximity to the edge of the cliff.

3  Thank iguide
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

i did this hike for the first time when i was a kid, and it became the standard that i measured other hikes against. then at some point i started to doubt my memories...what a relief when i did the hike again recently and it was just as amazing as i remembered!

there are parts where you basically have to slide down chutes carved in the rock (with handrails!), parts with ladders to climb down (staples embedded in the rock), parts where you're right on the edge of a cliff...not a good hike for those who are afraid of heights, but otherwise AMAZING. a little challenging at times, but it's a short hike so it's not too bad.

definitely go if you can! :)

7  Thank travelchik23
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Reviewed December 19, 2006

Went on a great hike of the Red Canyon in Eilat's Nature Reserve. We could see views of Negev Desert ,Sinai Desert, Jordan, and even Saudi Arabia in the Desert. Hike was tough for me b/c I am out of shape and not too outdoorsy, but if you like to hike a lot it is only about 1.5 hours of walking/climbing. The scenery was gorgous. Check out my pics. Went on this through a company called Desert Eco Tours. They drove us in a LandRover open air jeep to get the full effect of the desert. (My boyfriend went to Petra through the same company and had an equally exciting tour.)

10  Thank hitherephilly
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