Timna Park, also known as Timna Valley park, is located in the southern Negev Desert about 25 km north of Eilat. It is set on a beautiful desert setting with a vast history and geology. There many incredible activities like the lake, a lake in the desert…
It covers about 15,000 acres of a valley in the shape of a horseshoe, surrounded by high cliffs, with the first ever copper mine, Mount Timna standing in the center of it.
King Solomon Pillars in Timna Valley
History at Timna Park
As you walk through the park, you’ll find ancient copper mines and a few remains of furnaces dating back to the times of Ancient Egypt.
Copper was the first metal used to create utensil and household tools, ornaments, cult objects and even weapons. That means that the importance of Timna in the ancient world was enormous.
There are Multimedia displays that tell the amazing history of the site, and visitors are engaged by dream-like stories of Egyptian goddesses and pharaohs.
Small Lake at Timna Valley Park
Hiking at Timna Valley Park
Timna Park has hiking trails, some short and some longer to give you a sense of the beauty of the place. Enjoy the amazing wildlife, the plants and trees that survive in the arid conditions of the desert.
In the small lake, pedal boats are included in the entrance fee and for the small children there are some activities as sand bottling with the region’s unique colored sand; and other craft activities.
Mushroom like formation in Timna
Nature at Timna
Solomon’s Pillars are tall sandstone columns, so perfectly formed that you might not believe that they are the work of nature. But they, as with the rest of the amazing geology and landscape of Timna Park, are the work of nature alone, the result of strips of volcanic magma frozen into the cliffs. This scenery truly is the thing dreams are made of.
Flowers blooming in the arid conditions of the Negev
Visiting Timna Park
As mentioned above, Timna Park is around 25 km north of Eilat, a 15-minute drive through the Arava Valley. Due to the size of the park, getting around inside by foot can take a long time, so the site is best reached by an organized tour, by car or the Timna Safari Shuttle.
The shuttle is available daily from Eilat during the winter season, meaning October to April.
Opening hours of the park:
Map of Timna Valley Park
images for timna
lake by oleg kalashnikov
mushroom, pillars, plant by tiia monto
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