Israel has some of the most beautiful desert trails to hike on foot. This is why our friends at ISREAL21c created a list of the top 10 paths that are perfect for hiking right now before the heat of summer arrives in southern Israel. We are inspired by their description of the Red Canyon, but there are many more on their list.
Head north from Eilat on Highway 12 until you see signs for the Red Canyon, which is, as its name implies, unquestionably red from the Nubian sandstone. You start by descending into the canyon (there are several points with ladders). Be ready for a “traffic jam” at peak hiking periods because the canyon is not wide enough to allow more than one person to pass at once.
The canyon itself is relatively short; the rest of the walk through Nahal Shani is less scenic and without shade, but has a challenging finish involving a steep climb for some amazing views into Egypt. This is a loop trail that takes three hours. When you return to your car, take advantage of the ice-cream truck, which is usually parked there.