Category Archives: Negev national parks

The Roman Cave in Timna National Park – The Pink Canyon in Timna near Eilat

The Pink Canyon is a beautiful canyon through pink rock. The trail also leads to the “Roman Cave”. The Roman cave is actually an old structure with a Nabatean burial inscription written in Greek letters.

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Family Hike in Timna National Park – Arches and Plates near Eilat

The hike begins on the green trail, which begins just before the arches parking lot. The hike leads through a narrow canyon before climbing up into the hills. On the hilltops, there are many “plates”. These round depressions were once the shafts into the ancient mines, which have since been filled up.

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Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve – Nature Reserve for breeding endangered animals

The Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve was established to foster a protected environment for desert animals. The reserve breeds animals which were mentioned in the bible with the goal of reintroducing them to the Israel deserts (the Aravah and the Negev) which were their home. The reserve also breeds other endangered desert animals. A similar program was established in the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve for Mediterranean animals.

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Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park – Ben Gurion’s tomb in Kibbutz Sde Boker

Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park is located just south of the Sde Boker Kibbutz in the Negev. Paula and David Ben Gurion are buried side by side in the center of the park. The graves are in a well tended park with a stunning view of Nahal Zin from the amphitheater around the graves.

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Tel Be’er Sheva National Park – Remains of biblical Beersheba

Tel Be’er Sheva is the remains of the biblical town of Beer Sheva. It is located to the east of the modern city of Beer Sheva. The town of Beer Sheva is mentioned in Genesis when Abimelech and Abraham swear an oath beside a well; this story about Abraham’s well gave the town its name.

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