Beautiful sunset in Wadi Rum desert

About Wadi Rum desert sites

On this page you find more information on the Wadi Rum desert sites. We listed them in alphabetical order.

Abu Khashaba canyon

Abu Khashaba canyon is one of the canyons in Wadi Rum area that is definitely worth a visit. This red and yellow sand canyon is surprisingly green with desert bushes and trees. It has the shape an hourglass with a narrow middle section. To reach this section you have to scramble up some rocks.  The mountainsides look like artwork. Over time the beautiful shapes were formed by wind and rain. In some you can recognise shapes of animals and faces. A pleasant walk through the canyon takes about 45 minutes.

View from Abu Khashaba canyon in Wadi rum desert
Detail of Anfishiyyeh inscriptions in Wadi Rum desert

Anfishiyyeh inscriptions

On the side of Jabal Anfishiyyeh is a big rock wall. Some of the best Thamudic and Nabatean petroglyphs and inscriptions are found here. Among the petroglyphs is a herd of camels. Some camels suckle their calves. Some camels are ridden by hunters. There are also some strange circle-and-line symbols and inscriptions. Most of the petroglyphs are believed to be drawn by people travelling in the big camel caravans in previous times. They passed Wadi Rum on their way from Damascus to Hejaz.

Barrah canyon

Barrah canyon is a 5 kilometer long corridor of rock that splits the Barrah massif in two parts. This yellow sand canyon is consider to be one of the most beautiful canyons in Wadi Rum. Flat sandy parts, greener plant-rich areas and sand dunes are flanked by impressive vast multi-coloured cliffs and towers. This canyon offers excellent opportunities for hiking, climbing and camel trekking. Hike the canyon takes about 1,5 to 2 hours.

Barrah canyon in Wadi Rum desert
Bedouin dam in Wadi Rum desert

Bedouin dam

Natural water resources in Wadi Rum desert are limited to a few springs. Bedouin tending animal herds need water to be available in more places. Therefor they constructed dams in hollow parts in the lower parts of mountains around the desert. In these hollows the water running from the mountain during rainfall is collected. During winter and spring most reservoirs pretty much fill up. Parts are protected from the heat slowing down the inevitable evaporation. If needed footholds were built to make reaching the reservoirs easier.

Burdah rock bridge / Jabal Burdah

At the north ridge of Jabal Burdah stands the 35 meter high Burdah rock bridge. This bridge is considered one of the highest natural arches in the world. It is one of the most spectacular sites in Wadi Rum. You can see the bridge from across the valley. When you are reasonable fit and do not have vertigo you can climb the rock bridge from the north side in about 3 hours. From the rock bridge you can enjoy the fantastic view on Wadi Rum desert.

View on Burdah rock bridge and Jabal Burdah in Wadi Rum desert
Cow rock in Wadi Rum desert

Cow rock

Wadi Rum desert has a couple of famous, solitary, unusual rock formations. Cow rock is one of them. This photogenic rock was shaped naturally by the aelic and fluvial erosion.

Jabal Al-Hash

This mountain is close to the border with Saudi Arabia in the Al Forah area. This mountain is easy to climb and probably the most beautiful one. In some places you can discover fossils. Silent reminders of  the water richness one common in this area. The views of both the north and the south of Wadi Sabbat are beautiful. This is one of the places where you can see the red sandstone change into the white sandstone.

Bianca enjoying the view from Jabal Al-Hash in Wadi Rum desert
Impressive Jabal Qatar in Wadi Rum desert

Jabal Al-Qattar

Jabal Al-Qattar is one of the iconic and most impressive mountains in Wadi Rum desert. It kind of looks like a castle with many high towers. Most visitors only see it from a distance from Um Sabatah. Jabal Al-Qattar, like Jabal Rum has a granite base with limestone in the top. The limestone absorbs water. The water slowly descents until it reaches the granite. As granite can not hold water it is pressed out forming little natural springs.

Jabal Um Ad Dami

With 1854 meter above sea level Jabal Um Ad Dami is the highest mountain in Jordan. The views of Wadi Rum, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aqaba are absolutely stunning. The top of this mountain is home to the hyrax. A small rodent like mammal that lives under the rocks. If you are lucky you might spot them while hiking.

View on Jabal Um ad Dami in Wadi Rum desert
Khazali canyon in Wadi Rum desert

Khazali canyon

The most visited canyon in Wadi Rum desert is Khazali canyon. This small canyon measures less than 100 meters. The Nabatean and Thamudic petroglyphs and inscriptions on the inside walls are the reason why so many visit this place. The petroglyphs and inscriptions cover the walls at different heights. Among them are stylize drawings of people, camels, horses, mountain goats, pairs of feet and writings from dating back to the pre-Islamic and Thamudic time. Additionally the Nabateans built water holes to collect the water from the rainfall during winter and spring.

Lawrence house

The current structure of the Lawrence house was built by the Romans upon the remains of a Nabatean building. Nobody has the defining evidence that this in fact was the house of Lawrence. There are stories about him staying here for the night before traveling onwards to Aqaba. And other stories mention that he used this place to store weaponry.  The house itself is pretty much a ruin and not very impressive. But the location is another beautiful spot in the desert not to be missed.

The ruin of the Lawrence house in Wadi Rum desert
Ain Abu Aineh better know as Lawrence spring in Wadi Rum desert

Lawrence spring – Ain Abu Aineh

This natural spring is located only three kilometer south-west of Rum village. The spring gives fresh water to the local Bedouin families. It’s named after the British army officer T.E. Lawrence. He crossed Wadi Rum desert during the Arab Revolt in the early 19th century. A short scramble over the rock brings you to the fig tree. Next to the tree you will find the spring. The views across the desert are absolutely spectacular.

Little bridge

Little bridge in Khor al Ajram is named after its sizes. With its approximately 4 meter span it is one of the smaller rock bridges Wadi Rum desert. You can easily touch the bridge when standing on its base. Reaching the top of this rock bridge takes only a few minutes. And the reward is amazing. Gorgeous views over the red sand valley. And in the backdrop you see well known mountains like Jabal Khazali, Jabal Rum and Jabal Um Ishrin.

Little bridge in Wadi Rum desert
Mushroom rock in the red sand area in Wadi Rum desert

Mushroom rock

Wadi Rum desert has a couple of famous, solitary, unusual rock formations. Mushroom rock is one of them. This photogenic rock was shaped naturally by the aelic and fluvial erosion.

Rakhabat canyon

Rakhabat canyon links Jabal Um Ishrin to Jabal Ansranieh. It lies a few kilometers east of Rum village. You can hike this canyon that offers an abundance of shade from the desert heat. It’s a good place to learn about the ecosystem inside a desert canyon.

View on Rakhabat canyon in Wadi Rum desert
Red sand dune backed by Jabal Um Ishrin in Wadi Rum desert

Red sand dune

Wadi Rum desert is dotted with sand dunes. Both yellow and red. Most of our tours include a visit to either the red sand dune near Khazali or the sand dune near Wadi Um Ishrin. The sand dune near to Khazali is easy to climb. And has a beautiful valley view. More challenging is the sand dune near Wadi Um Ishrin. But you will be rewarded with awesome views. Um Sabatah has an excellent sand dune for watching sunset.

Roman dam

The natural water resources in Wadi Rum desert are limited to a few natural springs only. When the Romans ruled in this area the built some reservoirs. The dam is constructed from the typical big Roman stones. The dams are constructed using the hollow parts in the lower parts of mountains as a basin. Water running from the mountain during rainfall is collected inside. During winter and spring most reservoirs pretty much fill up. Parts are protected from the sun and heat slowing down the inevitable evaporation. If needed footholds were built to make reaching the reservoirs easier. Nowadays these dams are still used and maintained by the Bedouin.

Roman dam in Wadi Rum desert
Seven Pillars of Wisdom in Wadi Rum desert

Seven Pillars of Wisdom – Jabal Al-Mazmar

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a stunningly shaped mountain opposite of the Wadi Rum visitor center. If you look carefully you will see that there are only 6 pillars. In fact the mountain is named after the famous book of T.E. Lawrence back in the 1980’s. Before it was known as Jabal Al-Mazmar. We still refer to it by its original name. Some believe Lawrence named his book after the mountain but this is not true. He took the title from a verse in the Bible. In Proverbs it says, ‘Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars’.

Um Sabatah – sunset place

Um Sabatah is located in the red sand desert about 10 kilometer from Rum village. It is one of the best places to watch sunset. From a mountainside, a sand dune or just from the valley floor. You can enjoy the changing colours of the sky, sand and mountains as the sun starts to set. It is a excellent place to remake beautiful photos. Or just sit down and enjoy the silence and the magic of sunset in Wadi Rum desert.

Um Sabatah a excellent place to enjoy beautiful sunsets in Wadi Rum desert
Tourists climbing Um Fruth rock bridge in Wadi Rum desert

Um Fruth rock bridge

Um Fruth rock bridge is about 15 meters up from the desert floor. From the rock bridge you have spectacular views over the surrounding area. It is one of the most photographed places in Wadi Rum. Climb the bridge following the directions of your guide. Although steep, the climb is not that difficult. You will be on top of the bridge within 5 minutes. Only for those how suffer from vertigo it can be a real challenge.