Ramon Crater, Israel
The town of Mitzpe Ramon is the main service town of the Central Negev. Not that is saying much :)
It's a sleepy little place - although it has a couple of hotels, cafes, banks etc. But it is also built at the cliff edge of 'Mitzpe ramon' - the big crater. Thousands of years ago, a meteorite slammed into the earth at this point, creating an extraordinary 'big crater', with the land dropping steeply away on the outskirts of the town (and rises again just as steeply to the south).
The largest crater in the world. Start your visit in the visitors center (temporerily closed for renovation until February 2012) that offers breathtaking views of the crater and and an audiovisual show. Continue to the promenade that is built on the crater's edge, with lookout points spreaded along it. At the end of the Promenade is Mt. Camel that looks like a camel hump. Follow the trail to the summit which offers wonderful views. Return the same path to the visitors center and continue to the natural sculpting park, with sculptures that fit together with the landscape. Inside the park is the sound of the desert park, with huge musical instruments that are activated either by visitors or by the power of the wind. For the animal lovers, it is recommended to visit Hai-Ramon, located next to the visitors center, with animals that are typical to this region living in a desert garden.
Follow route 40 from Mizpe Ramon and after 29 Km turn to The Prism also called The Carpentry, containing unique formation of rocks that look like huge prisms. Not far are colored sands that visitors can collect. Continue down the road until reaching The Ammonite Wall. Follow the red trail until you reach a wall that is made of huge fossils of pre-historic snails called ammonite.
Mitzpe Ramon is known as a huge crater in the middle of the Negev desert, and we claim the Ramon Crater is the biggest in the world being 40 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide.
Once you arrive at the small town of Mitzpe Ramon and follow the signs to "Visitors Center", you'll find yourselves on the promenade overlooking the endless crater.
You have three possibilities to explore the crater: one is on foot, many hiking trails are available for the visitors. Second, you can enjoy some 4x4 jeep adventure. And finally, the nearby alpaca farm will provide you with a furry friend that will give you a ride through the area.
All you have to do is take the road #40 and drive about an hour past Beer Sheva, towards Eilat.
The Ramon Crater is the largest amongst the three craters of the Negev, shich makes it the largest in the world... These craters were not created by meteorites but are a unique geological phenomenon, not to be found anywhere else in the world.
The entire crater is a geological park with such sites as the "sawmill", the ammonites wall with is fossils and several hiking trails.
The NEGEV DESERT is a large area of arid rocky land interupted by green kibbutzim which are irrigated by water piped in from the north.
The Ein Gedi reserve, The Dead Sea, Masada, Avdat, Ein Avdat, Ramon crater....
The world's largest natural crater. It was really really cool to watch the fighter jets flying overhead...