If it was the objective of our trip, I would classify it as a tourist trap. Being a complement, it was... fun.
The canyon is tiny, and colours... well, with imagination and good will... It is not a thing to see - it is a radical experience. Going up and down the rocks was a challenge, easy to most of us, almost a nightmare for some other, everything with laughter and shouting. For about one hour, following a prepared path, the guide and his assistants were putting us in face of several kinds of difficulties, suggesting the solution and helping the more frightened. A good experience to feel the other side of desert.
The Colored Canyon is a popular safari trek and lies between St. Catherine's Monastery and the town of Nuweiba. The strange rock formations and colored canyon walls are dramatic and the silence within only adds to the oddity. As you meander through the Canyon you move move white rocks to yellow to red to multicolored. It is a facinating place.
If you go in the summer, take lots of water. You will be exposed the entire trek and it gets very hot with the sun beating down and will all the climbing up and down the rocks.
From Sharm el Sheik, the travel time is about 2 to 3 hours. To get to the Canyon, you have to go offroad for about 10miles, which is a real bone shaker.
I recomend visiting with an organized tour rather than on your own.
This place is beautiful, we combined it with a trip to St. Catherines and Dahab and Nuweiba. The Canyon is indeed very coloured, its a bit of a trek so anyone infirm should not do it, it also involves squeezing through an not very big hole and jumping down some steep drops. Also is some climbing up and down mountain sides ( not huge but big enough if like me you hate heights and sheer drops!) But it is just beautiful!
Pictures don't do it justice, it's an amazing way to spend a day. we took a tour through our travel company and had a really great guide - very knowledgable and interesting. However, a warning, certain parts of the journey through the canyon are pretty arduous, and if you suffer from claustrophobia or vertigo it might be worth mentioning it to your guide! then again, if i had known about it in advance i would have missed the incredible experience!
The Coloured Canyon is located near Nuweiba, in the eastern Sinai desert. It derives its name from the colouring of the sandstone, which varies between yellow and red.