Just north of Eilat on the main north-south road is Timna. The first photo shows some of the statues that line the entrance, sort of fake Egyptian that do little to foretell the naked natural beauty of this spot.
The ancient mining site of the copper for Egypts pharohs still has much to draw visitors.
The Copper Road sign, showing the way along the road shown in photo #5, leads you into the embrace of the surrounding bare desert mountains. There you can see many of the formations (in photos 3-4) that the wind, sand and sun have carved out of the bare rock.
Same as with the Solomon's Pillars and the mushroom, also here the nature of rain, water and wind dig into the red rock to created these arches. You need to walk a bit further to see those, don't forget to take some water with you.
Same as with the Solomon's Pillars also here the nature of rain, water and wind dig into the red rock to created this mushroom shape. Other photos attached here are additional interesting shapes I catch with my camera around this area.
The Timna Natural Park content few interested sites and different activities. Desert hiking and sightseeing, archeological sites, copper mine, Solomon's Pillars and many other interesting things to do and see. In this tip you can see the park lake & restaurant where you can take a break and relax after strolling down the desert road for hours.
Another beautiful thing to see on Timna Natural Park is The Mushroom rock.
The Mushroom , or in hebrew - Ha' Pitriya , is like the name - a huge red mushroom shaped rock.
The Rock was created by the wind of the desert.
On Timna Natural Park you will see some beautiful sights - one of the called Amudey Shlomo - Solomon's Pillars.
Those are huge cliffs that centuries of erosion of water formed them to what they are today.
Timna park is Nature Reserve park with many lovely places to see.
You will find here some beautiful Geologic Rocks - The mushroom , King Solomon's Pillars and many more rocks.
Another thing here is the oldest copper mine in the world , from 12-14 BC.
Timna Valley is located about 25km northern to Eilat in the center of the red Valley.
The Views in the park are trully amazing and its another prove of Natures power ! the only hard thing while traveling around there is the weather, I've been there while it was 43c and it was just toooo high for being under the sun for so many hours.
1 bottle of water is surly not enough and you got a be ready for a weather like this.
The naturls pools are really nice and it was nice to wet my self finally after hours under the sun.
When you arrive to Timna Park you can start with watching The Video movie they offer as a first stage (included at the entrance fee) about the park and its history, that will give ya some good background before you start to explore the area.
There are two ways to travel around. One by car and the other one is hiking. You will get there the map of the area (at the entrance) and then you will chose your self what you want to do as you got all the ways marked on the map (needless to say i didnt chose the hiking option..lol).
Except for all the spactacular views you got and lots of history, when you go to the pools area you get a little bottle which you can fill with few kinds of natural colorful sands sill it and take with you home, also you get a coin which you can imprint (via a very old machin) and get your self a king salomon coin.
In the pool you can take a little peddal boat (all included in the entrance charge) and enjoy some relaxing time.
For a final relaxation go to the beduin tent and get your self some drinks (coffee & tea are free) or food.
Timna Park is Opening hours:
08:00 - 16:00 winter time
07:30 - 18:00 summer time
Dot skip this, its a great place, and better go there in the early morning before it gets too hot.
If you have a car you should go to Timna Park. This is a unique geological and archeological park with colourful rock formations and ancient copper mines dating back 6000 years, also you will find here some ancient rock paintings.
from timna park web site:
Timna Park is located north of Eilat, in the Southern Arava region of Israel.
The park contains amazing natural phenomena: King Solomon's Pillars, the "Mushroom", and "Arches" .
See fascinating remnants of primitive cultures at the "Chariots" rock carvings, the Shrine of Hathor, and ancient copper furnaces.
Marvel at the remarkable new multimedia presentation, 'Mines of Time'. Explore King Solomon's Mines, where over 6 millennia ago,
ancient Egyptians first began copper mining. Discover the unique beauty of the turquoise Eilat stone.
This sunny region of safe travel has numerous opportunities for relaxing holidays and exciting nature tours.
The Timna Park website is packed with vital information on travel and tours to the Red Sea Desert, here in the south of Israel.
About 30 Kms north of Eilat is Timna Natural Park. Set in a valley, the unique geological formations have made this place a must see activity, not to be missed if you are in the area.
The day we went it was hot 45 C, probably one of the hottest days I've ever experienced, this made this desert trip all the more interesting. Just take along plenty of water.
I will build a Horbat Timna page soon, to show some of the amazing photos you can take here.
The Solomon's Pillars are one of the most famous icon in the Timna Natural Park. The nature of rain, water and wind erosion on the red rock created this interesting shape.