Category Archives: Dead Sea national parks

Challenging hike at Ein Gedi – Maale Bnei HaMoshavim and Maale Ein Gedi

Maale bnei hamoshavim was the first trail in Ein Gedi which was made in recent times. It is named bnei hamoshavim after the youth group which made the trail in 1963. The trail leads from the Nahal Arugot Wadi to the desert plateau above Ein Gedi.  The trail is difficult and requires climbing up the rocks at some points.

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Qumran National Park – Qumran Settlement and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Qumran National Park includes the settlement of Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Over 900 scrolls dating from the second temple period were found in eleven caves. The scrolls sparked interest in the inhabitants of the community of Qumran and their lifestyle; much information about this was found in the scrolls.

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Masada National Park – Masada Fortress – King Herod’s Fortress in the Desert

Masada is an ancient fortress on the top of a flat mountain in the Judean desert near the Dead Sea. Palaces were built atop the fortress by King Herod. Later, after the destruction of the second temple, the fortress was used by Zealots who chose death at their own hands rather than at the hands of the Romans.

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Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve – Enot Tsukim Spring – Ein Feshkha Spring

The Einot Tzukim Nature  Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. It consists of three parts, the closed reserve on the north, the open reserve in the middle, and the hidden reserve on the South. The closed reserve is completely closed off to visitors, to protect the native fauna and flora of the area. The middle area includes pools of mineral water for bathing in, lined by high shady foliage. The hidden reserve can be entered only with a guide; Guided tours are generally available on weekends, but can be arranged at any time.

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