Yeroham Travel Guide

  • Yeroham Lake recreational area
    Yeroham Lake recreational area
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  • View of the Large Makhtesh from Mt. Avnun
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  • Petrified trees in the Large Crater near Yeroham
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Yeroham Things to Do

  • The Large Crater (Ha-Makhtesh Ha-Gadol)

    The craters ("Makhteshim") in the Israeli Negev are a unique geological phenomenon. They were not created by meteors or by volcanic activity, but by a slow erosion process of a mountain peak by water and wind. A creek drains the water at the bottom of the crater and erodes the crater rim at one end, through which it exits the crater. This is the...

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  • Colored Sand in the Large Crater...

    The sandstone at the bottom of the Large Crater (Makhtesh) has undegone oxidation with many different minerals, creating beautifully colored sand: chalk-white, yellow, orange, vermillion, red, purple, blue... In a designated area in the crater you can dcrape off colored sand from the sandstone to take home as a souvenir. When visiting the Large...

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  • Petrified Trees in the Large Crater

    At the bottom of the crater ("The Large Makhtesh"), one of the attractions is the petrified trees.These are the remains of ancient tree trunks, some with a diameter of 1.5 meter, which have been petrified. You can still appreciate their shape and size. The tallest trunk is 10 meters long. They date from 120 million years ago, from a period when...

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  • Mount Avnun

    Mount Avnun offers a sweeping, panoramic view of the Large Makhtesh (crater) from its western rim. It is 656 meters above sea level, and about 400 meters above the bottom of the crater.An short unpaved road leads from route 225 up the mountain, to a parking lot near the top. From there you can walk to a natural viewing platform, and / or climb the...

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  • Yeroham Park and Lake

    Yeroham is a desert town, and a green park with a lake in its center is unusual, unexpected and very welcome. The Yeroham Park is a pine tree forest which was planted in the 1980s by the KKL (Jewish National Fund, which is responsible for forstation in Israel).The artificial lake is a reservoir created in the Revivim creek upstream from a dam. In...

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  • The Big Crater

    Don't get fooled by the name! While it is bigger than the Little Crater, the Big Crater is much smaller than Ramon Crater. Anyway, here you can find colourful sands and rocks. These are quite popular by the kids.See more in the travelogue.

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Yeroham Local Customs

  • Xiao, the strange "collector"

    Here you can see what Roie, Vanessa and Ilana were looking at, this is Xiao performing an Ancient Chinese Prayer Ritual..........................................................................................................................................................................No, only kidding ^O^ she is folding pieces of paper (which I...

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  • Watching Strange People

    Here is another passtime in Israel, standing in awe of strange people, here you can see Roie, Vaness and Ilana observing a strange person (that in this case would be Xiao off to the left lower part of the picture) and just shaking their heads and making signs with their hands !!!

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Yeroham Off The Beaten Path

  • Helmoniot Yeroham

    Just north of Yeroham on road 204, you will find on the west side of the road (that would be the left if you are traveling from Yeroham toward Dimona), a small hike in the desert to find one of the most amazing flowers. The Helmonit (so named because helmon is the yellow part of the egg and the flower has this color), is found in very rocky...

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  • Maktesh Katan, up close

    If you don't mind a 15 minute hike, after you leave the Maktesh Gadol, proceed to the Maktesh Katan...go east on route 225 till you reach route 206, turn left and go for about a kilometer, then turn right onto route 227. After about 4-5 kilometers you will see a dirt road turn off to the left, take this till you see a cleared area on the right for...

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  • Maktesh Gadol, stop on the winding road

    If you take the road out of Yeroham (route 225) toward the Maktesh Gadol, you will enter the Maktesh on a very steep winding road...while you are still far above the valley floor there is a good place to stop to see the valley, keep an eye out for this, it presents a stunning view.

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  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 1, 2005

    Favorite thing: While visiting the Maktesh Katan we took the opportunity for a self portrait, but who would be foolish enough to walk the edge of the cliff to put the camera on automatic...well you see that guy in the red jacket, yep, HIM.

    Maktesh Katan, on the edge, Israel
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