Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on google
Share on telegram
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on digg
Share on reddit

My Go-To Parks at the Judaean Desert!

Exploring Israel

Which are my go-to parks at the Judaean Desert?! So before going into that matter, let’s talk about the Judaean Wilderness. So the Judaean Desert lies east of Jerusalem and descends to the Dead Sea. This amazing wilderness is marked by natural terraces with escarpments. It ends in a steep escarpment dropping to the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. The Judaean Desert is crossed by numerous wadis from northeast to southeast and has many ravines, most of them quite deep. So that is why the Judaean Wilderness is one of my favorite locations to tour Israel. So what are the parks at the Judaean Desert worth going to?


In This Photo: St. George Monastery in the Judaean Desert

To begin with, there is the Ein Gedi National Park. For sure one of my favorites. Imagine this beautiful oasis perched in the middle of the desert. So yes that is Ein Gedi National Park. Now there are two main routes to visit in that area, and I would recommend going to Wadi Arugot. For sure a better trail by far. Why you might ask? Well, it just has usually much fewer people in that part of the reservation. Also, you have better chances to cold off in freshwater springs compared to Wadi David which is the one most people go to. 

Wadi Darga National Park 

Another one of my go-to parks at the Judaean Desert is Wadi Darga. Even though it is a very challenging hike for most people I recommend it to those that are looking for a more adventurous hike. It’s a long hike that you should start very early that you could end at a reasonable time. Also, you should bear in mind that it takes about eight hours to finish the route. Plus you’ll need about 30m of rope (that is a must-have!). The best time to visit it is after the rains in Israel around March is best! Also, take into account you will get wet since there are water cisterns along the trail and in some cases, swimming is required


In This Photo: Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Saint George Monastery Ein Prat National Park

Wadi Qelt which is also known as Ein Prat Nature Reserve is for sure one of my go-to parks at the Judaean Desert! Prat Stream is originating near Jerusalem and running into the Jordan River near Jericho; shortly before it flows into the Dead Sea. The hikes there are just breathtaking and leave a strong impression on you. Again I recommended starting early to avoid the crowds and that you won’t be bothered by the heat. Also, if you have time and you feel you want to see an ancient Byzantine monastery. So go and check out the famous Saint George Monastery


In This Photo: Wadi Qelt

 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on google
Share on telegram
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on digg
Share on reddit
apt-stamp-white@2x
arik-about

Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Simon Peter

RELATED POSTS

Church of Saint Anne

The Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem marks, according to Christian tradition, is the birthplace of Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Beth Alpha Synagogue

Beth Alpha is a sixth-century CE synagogue located at the foot Mt. Gilboa near Beit Shean National Park. The Story goes back to 1928 when ...

Tel Aviv Port

Tel Aviv Port gives new life to Tel Aviv. And today, the port area is one of the trendiest areas in the city. A must-see tourist attraction!

Mary’s Well

Mary's Well is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, mother of Jesus according to Christian Orthodox.

Best Parks in the Arava Valley

What are the best parks in the Arava Valley? So this post will supply the best information about the must-do trails in the Arava.

Castel National Park

What may appear to be just an ancient castle on a hill has a much grander story to tell in the history of Israeli independence ...

Ein Hemed National Park

Ein Hemed National Park is a beautiful reserve in the hills just west of Jerusalem. Also known as Aqua Bella, as named by the Crusaders.

Mar Saba Monastery

Mar Saba Monastery is a monastery built on a cliff on the slope of a Valley in the Judaean Desert; one of Israel's the oldest monasteries

Old Jaffa Visitors Center

The amazing stories of Jaffa are displayed in the Old Jaffa Visitors Center in the heart of Kedumim Square, inside there are lots to discover!

The Knesset Menorah

The Knesset Menorah is a bronze Menorah just next to the Knesset in Jerusalem. When touring modern Jerusalem it's worth a stop on the way.