Wadi Rum

About Wadi Rum

Described by Lawrence of Arabia as "Vast and echoing", Wadi Rum is an outstanding desert landscape. Sheer sided mountains of sandstone and granite emerge from open valleys to reach heights of over 1700 meters, and narrow canyons cut deep into the mountains, often concealing ancient rock drawings. This remarkable landscape is now a protected area covering 720 square kilometers and is available for everyone to explore and enjoy. The mountains of Wadi Rum are home to several Bedouin tribes, including ours. We have lived here for generations, and while many of us now earn our living through tourism, we still retain a traditional way of life.

Famous Sites

White Sand Desert

Explore the parts of Wadi Rum with the whitest sand you will ever see.

Red Sand Desert

Discover the striking red sand in parts of the Wadi Rum desert

Lawrence's House

The house where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly lived and stored equipment.

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Mountain range next to Wadi Rum visitor centre named after the book by T .E Lawrence.

Anfasheih Inscription

These are famous historical stories, inscriptions that tell about the Talmudic and Nabatean peoples. There are many ancient rock drawings, depicting animals, people, and camel caravans, that explain the way through the desert.

Sunset Sites

Winter and summer sites where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset, take a good photo, and leave the stresses of work behind you, to step out of time, a place where you get the most dramatic views of Wadi Rum when the sun sinks below the horizon.

Burrah Canyon

A very long and deep canyon between dramatic mountains of different coloured red and white sand, very beautiful in the early morning or late afternoon at sunset, when the sun turns the rocks a deep orange.

Um Frouth Rock Bridge

Spectacular natural rock arch.  It takes 10 minutes to walk up to the top and it is very easy.

Burdah Rock Bridge

Burdah rock bridge is a spectacular natural rock arch. It takes one and a half hours to walk to the top of Burdah arch to see the beautiful landscape of the desert.

Sand Dunes

A large area of red sand dunes piled up against the mountains. It is fun for people to walk up to the top and hard.

Khazali Canyon

One of the famous places in Wadi rum desert, the deep narrow fissure in the mountain side contains many Nabatean, Greek, and Talmudic inscriptions. You can also see many different colour of sand there.

Lawrence's Spring

A favorite place for Lawrence of Arabia to escape the hot desert climate, bathing in the natural basin, during the Arab revolt in 1916. He also helped the local Bedouin channel the water making it more accessible for the local people and their animals.

Nabatean Temple

This temple is at the foot of Jabel Rum north west of Rum village. It was built by Aretas IV in 32.AD and used by the NABATEANS to worship the goddess Allat.

Jebel Al Hash

The Jebel Al Hash Mountain is located in the Al Forah area, close to where the Jordanian border intersects the Saudi Arabian border. This again is a very easy climb for anyone who is inexperienced or who would like a simple hike. We will take you up the east side of the mountain (Um Snenah) Valley, and go through the valley to the top. Our descent follows a different route down the northwest side of the mountain (by Wadi Nuqra). The total climb takes approximately 5 hours. This is probably the most beautiful mountain in Wadi Rum to scramble on, because as you arrive at the highest point (1700m above sea level) you will see all of the different colours that exist in Wadi Rum.

Jebel Um Adami

Jebel Um Adami lies on the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The intersection of the border cuts the mountain into two halves, but we are lucky to have the summit on our side.

The summit, which is the highest point in Jordan, is a staggering 1800 m above sea level. We will approach the summit from the northeast side, and from there you will be able to see the amazing Saudi Arabian desert on the far horizon. Also on a clear day, the azure blue waters of the Red Sea (Aqaba) can be seen.

This expedition offers many opportunities to see the rich wildlife that inhabits the mountain, especially foxes, rabbits and gazelles. The views as you reach the summit are breath-taking, and are guaranteed to create life-long memories.