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“Great hike in serene solitude (almost)”
Review of Red Canyon

Red Canyon
Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Eilat
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Nakskov, Denmark
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446 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Great hike in serene solitude (almost)”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

20 kms north of Eilat along Highway 12 you branch off to the right and continue 1½ kms along a dirt road to a parking area.
The main trail towards Red Canyon is marked with green markers, but we will recommend that you also hike the northern loop marked with black. To do this, walk along the dirt road another ½ km north. Then the black route branches off to the right (east) and eventually turns south to join the green main trail just before the entrance to the canyon.
In the canyon you have to scramble a bit and descend narrow passages supported by hand rails. At the end of the 250 metres long canyon you have the option (recommendable) of following an alternative upper route (also marked with black) above the canyon. But do not turn around immediately. The yellow rocks around the next bends are very beautiful.
Approaching the parking area there is also an alternative route: A path marked with blue will take you uphill and give a view over the entire area.
The Red Canyon as a whole is very beautiful with rocks in many colours. The signposting with directional markers is excellent. The canyon itself is not that long, may well remind you of the siq at Petra (noruins, though) or even of Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Finn Spurre P
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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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“Perfect Family Hike”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

This hike is the perfect family hike. It is a circular route and takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. The gorgeous scenery is an outdoor classroom. Witness ancient rivers that shaped the canyon and be on the lookout for desert flora such as the Acacia Tree. Two caveats: 1. For those afraid of heights, there is a two minute portion of the hike that can be unnerving. I suggest you hold onto the hand grips and avoid looking down. 2. Look for the sign in the middle of the canyon that tells you when to turn back. If you miss the sign, it's another 7-8 hour hike! Remember to bring plenty of water, even in the winter.

Visited December 2012
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“Winter desert hiking”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The Red Canyon, is a natural phenomenon which offers the hiker a short tour through various geological formations including some ladder climbing, sliding down dry waterfalls and desert flora. The hike is only about an hour which is very long in the summer heat of upwards of 100F but in the winter it is quite pleasant. Entrance is free. Accessible only by private car about 35 km NW of the city of Eilat.

Visited December 2012
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“Great hike for ll the family.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Easily accessible from road 90 about 20 minutes from Eilat. The first part is really for all the family-at somepoint you need to clamber down using iron steps and handholds- so u should consider who should carry on and who should wait here. Very beautiful short hike.

Visited October 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Beautifull colors”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

A great hike and never a dull moment as you walk through history and the colors change with every step. I really enjoyed walking around here by myself.

Visited July 2012
Thank Chris S
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