On Hwy 12 north of Eilat, about a third of the way to Ovda airport, you’ll find a gravel road leading down to the Red Canyon. There is only a small sign, so don’t miss it. From the large parking area at the end of the road a foot path leads to the canyon, but you may also step into the dry river bed right away.
The canyon, which the river cut into the local sandstone over the ages, is rightly famous. In places it is so narrow you can barely pass, in others the canyon floor suddenly drops a couple of metres and you have to clamber down. Nothing to worry about, though: wherever the going gets rough, hand rails and footrests have been installed. It is not even strenuous going, nearly anyone can do it (I am 65 and I found it easy).
At the end of the canyon trail you have a choice: either return by footpath along the canyon’s edge (easy) or go back the way you came and climb and clamber up again. That is what we did, and we thought it great fun.
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