Originating close to Jerusalem and stretching all the way to Jericho before flowing into the Dead Sea in the Wadi Qelt. Ein Prat Nature Reserve is the location of the largest spring in the Wadi Qelt; a destination that draws in a plethora of tourists every year who wish to bask in the beauty of nature and unplug from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Additionally, there is something simply stunning about the glistening rushing water as it flows through the desert canyons. When visiting the Ein Prat Nature Reserve; you have the opportunity to see the other nearby destinations on a private tour with me, such as touring the St. George Monastery, rappelling on the cliffs, enjoying the Tamar Pool, and more. Why not make the most of your journey and visit all that the area has to offer?
Things to Know About Ein Prat Nature Reserve
So long ago, the Ein Prat spring carried water via an aqueduct to the Hasmonean settlements, providing the much-needed water to the residents of Jericho. The water was used for many years, including by the British in 1927 who used it to supply the people of East Jerusalem. Consequently, it wasn’t until 1970, when Jerusalem was hooked up to the national waters system, did the pumping finally come to an end. So now, the water is primary used as a bathing pool for visitors of the Ein Prat Nature Reserve. Also, you can come splash in the water, discover how the water fuels the plentiful flora and fauna of the reserve, and walk its path along the gorgeous hiking trails! By exploring the Ein Prat Nature Reserve; you will get to witness the power and grace of the water and how it has shaped the land for thousands of years.
When exploring the Ein Prat Nature Reserve; you must take the time to visit the Faran Monastery. Additionally, you will get to venture back in time to the Byzantine era when the monks lived in the Judean Desert. Originally, this monastery was called a “laura” due to the practices completed here. Monks would seclude themselves in small niches, only meeting on Saturdays and Sundays to pray as one within the church. Sadly, in 614 CE, the Persians conquered the area; and the monks were executed. It wasn’t until the Greek Orthodoxy of the Russian Church built over the monastery in the 19th century that the area came back to life; only to be abandoned yet again. Thankfully, the monk Oleg from the White Church of Hebron restored the monastery; and it is now available for you to explore. Please note that modest clothing is required for admittance.
Ein Prat Nature Reserve Opening Hours:
Last entry to the site: one hour before cited closing time
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-17:00
Friday and holiday eves: 08:00-16:00
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-16:00
Friday and holiday eves: 08:00-15:00
Holiday eves: 08:00-13:00
Yom Kippur eve: 08:00-13:00
On holidays and Saturdays, I recommend arriving early, entry is based on the availability of space.