Deep Inside Eilat’s Red Canyon, Ancient Wonders Await
They call it a ‘family trip’. Actually it’s a challenging hike. But so worth the effort.
Nothing can describe Eilat’s enchanting Red Canyon better than its popular name. Technically part of upper Nahal Shani and known as Guy Shani in the textbooks, the superb little gorge was forged through a deep, rich red sandstone rock. Its colors are especially exquisite when sunlight hits the canyon walls.
Tour guides and guidebooks consider the Red Canyon a “family trip.” But the truth is, this hike is a real challenge. There are any number of places where you climb down the rock wall using rungs (that seem awfully far apart, if you are fairly short, or out of shape) and ladders that you descend for what seems forever. Scary though it can be, you can’t help but be excited when you reach the end.
Eilat and the area around them boast several free natural attractions, and the Red Canyon is definitely one of the most exciting. For any of you brave souls planning to take this hike, drive west from Eilat in the direction of Yoseftal hospital, then continue on Route 12 towards the Uvda Valley.
Near the end of your ride you will see the Egyptian border on your left – look for one of their guard posts, flying the Egyptian flag. About 10 minutes past the turnoff for Ein Netafim, a sign leads to the Red Canyon and a dirt road takes you a long way to a large parking lot.