WADI RUM SIGHTS

Wadi Rum, also known as “Valley of (light, airborne) sand or the “Roman Valley” – the latter due to the presence of Roman ruins in the area, known also as the Valley of the Moon, is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock.
Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures – including the Nabataeans – leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples. In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.
Nowadays, the only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. To safeguard its unique desert landscape, Wadi Rum was declared a protected area in 1998 and an intensive conservation program is now underway.
Wadi Rum is a unique desert scenery on earth and there are so many breathtaking sights that you can visit. We present to you the most popular. 

The Lawrence Spring

The spring is at the top of a short scramble – head for the fig tree, located just 2km (1.2 miles) south-west of the village of Rum. The spring was named in honour of Lawrence’s evocative description in the Seven Pillars of Wisdom: ‘’In front of us a path, pale with use, zigzagged up the cliff-plinth…From between [the] trees, in hidden crannies of the rock, issued strange cries; the echoes, turned into music, of the voices of the Arabs watering camels at the springs which flowed out three hundred feet above ground’’. Although the pool itself is largely unprepossessing, being a stagnant puddle, the views across the desert are truly spectacular.

Khazali Canyon (Siq al-Khazali)

Khazali Canyon in Wadi Rum is the site of petroglyphs etched into the cave walls depicting humans and antelopes dating back to the Thamudic times. This narrow canyon contains numerous Nabataean rock carvings of people and animals.
Jebel Khazali, a peak situated in the center of Wadi Rum Protected Area opens up in a narrow fissure of about 100 m length. Its inner walls are covered with Thamudic, Nabatean, and Islamic inscriptions, as well petroglyphs depicting humans and animals. Remarkable are the soles of feet petroglyphs, which probably had religious significance. In 1932 the French epigraphist Savignac noted the engravings in the cleft and published some of them in 1934.
The petroglyphs and inscriptions of Khazali Siq form an impressive collection being one of the major tourist attractions in Wadi Rum. At the end of the canyon, there are several man-made rock-cut basins for water collection.

Khazali Canyon (Siq al-Khazali)

Khazali Canyon in Wadi Rum is the site of petroglyphs etched into the cave walls depicting humans and antelopes dating back to the Thamudic times. This narrow canyon contains numerous Nabataean rock carvings of people and animals.
Jebel Khazali, a peak situated in the center of Wadi Rum Protected Area opens up in a narrow fissure of about 100 m length. Its inner walls are covered with Thamudic, Nabatean, and Islamic inscriptions, as well petroglyphs depicting humans and animals. Remarkable are the soles of feet petroglyphs, which probably had religious significance. In 1932 the French epigraphist Savignac noted the engravings in the cleft and published some of them in 1934.
The petroglyphs and inscriptions of Khazali Siq form an impressive collection being one of the major tourist attractions in Wadi Rum. At the end of the canyon, there are several man-made rock-cut basins for water collection.

Lawrence House

Nobody is certain that this was Lawrence’s house, although there are stories that he both stayed and/or stored weapons here. The current structure is built upon the remains of a Nabataean building, however, and it’s another beautiful spot in the desert. There is little left of this building, erected on the Nabataean ruins of a water cistern. Nonetheless, legend has it that Lawrence stayed here during the Arab Revolt and that makes it a must on the regular 4WD circuits of the area. Near the building is a Nabataean inscription that mentions the area’s ancient name of Iram. The remote location and uninterrupted view of the red sand dunes are the main attractions.

Mushroom Rock

Sometimes nature performs small miracles. One of them is the Mushroom Rock. Over the centuries, rain and winds have carved this sandstone and gave it the shape of mushroom.

Mushroom Rock

Sometimes nature performs small miracles. One of them is the Mushroom Rock. Over the centuries, rain and winds have carved this sandstone and gave it the shape of mushroom.

Burdah Rock Bridge

The largest of Rum’s three arches is the Burdah Rock Bridge, precariously perched about 80m above the surrounding rock. There’s a precipitous hike to the summit. It’s height and location offers one of the most terrific sunsets you will ever experience.

Abu Khashaba Canyon (siq Abu Khashaba)

Wild fig trees and desert bushes among huge rocks and red and yellow sand make this canyon unique. Abu Khashaba Canyon is one of the canyons that are worth to visit and you will need about an hour to walk through.

Abu Khashaba Canyon (siq Abu Khashaba)

Wild fig trees and desert bushes among huge rocks and red and yellow sand make this canyon unique. Abu Khashaba Canyon is one of the canyons that are worth to visit and you will need about an hour to walk through.

Um Fruth Rock Bridge

A lower rock bridge which is featured on many tours and can be easily scrambled onto. The climbing takes 5-15 minutes (depending on your experience) and the view that it offers to the surrounding area is amazing.

Al Hash Mountain (Jabal Al-Hash)

Jabal Al-Has is located in the Al-Forah area, close to the borders with Saudi Arabia. If you love hiking this is the place for you. You don’t need to be experienced or fit to climb the area and the view from the top is quite breathtaking. Some say that is the best view in Wadi Rum.

Al Hash Mountain (Jabal Al-Hash)

Jabal Al-Has is located in the Al-Forah area, close to the borders with Saudi Arabia. If you love hiking this is the place for you. You don’t need to be experienced or fit to climb the area and the view from the top is quite breathtaking. Some say that is the best view in Wadi Rum.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Named after the famous book of T. E. Lawrence “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” (1926). The peak makes visible the two geological formations that prevail in Wadi Rum: a granitic basement of Precambrian age (4.6 billion years), with a thick Early Paleozoic quartz sandstone formation (500 million years) on top. If you fancy a closer look, a rewarding hike circumnavigates the mountain via Makharas Canyon.

Little Rock Bridge

Easy to climb, this bridge offers great views across a broad expanse of desert. It is easily accessible and not dangerous, it is perfect for families with children and people who feel less comfortable with heights under their feet.

Little rock bridge at Wadi Rum, Jordan

Little Rock Bridge

Easy to climb, this bridge offers great views across a broad expanse of desert. It is easily accessible and not dangerous, it is perfect for families with children and people who feel less comfortable with heights under their feet.

White desert, Wadi Rum, Jordan.

White Desert

The White Desert is located near the Saudi border, 40 km south of Wadi Rum village. The landscape is similar to the Wadi Rum desert, but the sand is white. It is also an amazing place to see the sunset from.

Jabal Umm Ad Dami

The mountain lies on the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia and it is the highest mountain in Jordan (more than 1,800 meters high). It needs about 2,5 hours to hike and the view it offers from the top is spectacular.

Jabal Umm ad Dami in Wadi Rum Jordan

Jabal Umm Ad Dami

The mountain lies on the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia and it is the highest mountain in Jordan (more than 1,800 meters high). It needs about 2,5 hours to hike and the view it offers from the top is spectacular.

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