• Explore magnificent trails in Wadi Rum
    Explore magnificent trails in Wadi Rum

    Enjoy our high-quality trails in and around Wadi Rum.

  • Visit waterfalls and natural hot springs near the Dead Sea
    Visit waterfalls and natural hot springs near the Dead Sea

    Hike the Wadi Attun Hot Springs Trail near the Dead Sea and jump in natural hot springs.

  • Join us on great hikes near the Dead Sea
    Join us on great hikes near the Dead Sea

    Explore high-quality trails in and around the lowest point on earth.

  •  Explore new territory with the Hiking in Jordan guidebook
    Explore new territory with the Hiking in Jordan guidebook

    The Burial Mound and Oryx Trail is a fine example of the many new trails in the guidebook.

  • Visit Jordan's nature reserves managed by the RSCN
    Visit Jordan's nature reserves managed by the RSCN

    Hiking the grand canyon in the Dana Biosphere Reserve is a unique experience.

  •  Discover the deserts in Jordan
    Discover the deserts in Jordan

    Hike in the vicinity of the Bait Ali Lodge in one of Jordan's most impressive deserts.

  • Discover Little Petra near Wadi Musa
    Discover Little Petra near Wadi Musa

    Little Petra (Bayda or al-Beidha) is a unique historical site with great hiking grounds.

  • Learn more about Jordan's historic sites
    Learn more about Jordan's historic sites

    Explore the Mukawir Fortress ruins (Machaerus) with stunning panoramic views of the Dead Sea.

  • The world's largest collection of hiking in Jordan videos
    The world's largest collection of hiking in Jordan videos

    Browse the large collection of hiking videos on our website.

  •  See Petra off the beaten track
    See Petra off the beaten track

    Hike the Petra High Place of Sacrifice Trail to see more monuments than most tourists see.

  • Discover the deserts of Rahma in Wadi Araba
    Discover the deserts of Rahma in Wadi Araba

    Rahma north of Aqaba is a unique hiking area with stunning deserts rarely visited by tourists.

  • Hike near the Rummana campground
    Hike near the Rummana campground

    The Rummana Mountain Trail is a wonderful hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

  •  Explore magnificent trails in Jordan
    Explore magnificent trails in Jordan

    The Abu Barqa Dam Lookout provides stunning views over Wadi Araba and Israel.

  • Hike Jordan's tallest mountain (1,854 m, 6,083 ft.): Jebel Adami
    Hike Jordan's tallest mountain (1,854 m, 6,083 ft.): Jebel Adami

    The mountain affords a fantastic panorama over the vast desert mountain ranges of Saudi Arabia.

  • Hike near the castle in Ajloun
    Hike near the castle in Ajloun

    Walk through pleasant rolling limestone hills with terraced slopes and olive groves.

  • Discover the oasis in Wadi Ghuweir near Dana village and Feynan
    Discover the oasis in Wadi Ghuweir near Dana village and Feynan

    Walk in a canyon of tropical foliage as if you were wandering through a lost world.

  • Hike in the RSCN Mujib Biosphere Reserve
    Hike in the RSCN Mujib Biosphere Reserve

    Rappel the famous waterfall near the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea.

  • Discover hidden treasures near the Dead Sea
    Discover hidden treasures near the Dead Sea

    Explore the extraordinary Wadi Numeira with its hanging rock and long narrow passage (the Siq).

  • Explore Wadi Rum as Lawrence of Arabia
    Explore Wadi Rum as Lawrence of Arabia

    Discover the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trail near magnificent rock formations in Wadi Rum.

This Hiking in Jordan Guide would not have been possible without the support of a large number of friends who tirelessly spent numerous hours exploring hiking areas with the authors. Our thanks go out to Dr. Tom Carson, Razan Abd El Haque, Andrea Conrad, Jane Sedgely, Rob Strachan, Feras Ajlouni, Janet Beasley, Tim and Xochitl Bartlett, Janet Katz, Prof. Bill Kosar, Marieke Lettink, Janita Sluurman and Frank de Weerd for joining us while Everyone we documented trails in Jordan. We especially acknowledge the contribution of Jackson Grant, who flew in from Australia to assist with the production of the hiking videos and the design of trails. Mike and Terri Scadron and Jane Mahoney flew in from the United States and Martin and Esther Smit from the Netherlands to test our itineraries.

A special thanks goes out to Shama Sallam and Ahmad Eid Ahliwat who, through dedication and enthusiasm, ensured that we fully appreciated the beauty of Wadi Araba and the wonderful Bedouin communities living in and near Rahma. In a similar vein, we thank Salem Zalabih of "Mohammad Mutlak Camp" and his family and friends for welcoming us frequently to his community in Wadi Rum. We also would like to acknowledge Susie Shinaco of the Bait Ali Lodge, for sharing her knowledge of Wadi Rum that led us to the French Fortress and the magnificent dunes in Disi.

We are also grateful to the managers of the Wadi Rum Protected Area, Park Manager Nasser Zawideh, H.E. Commissioner Mohanad Hararah and H.E. Commissioner Sharhabeel Madi of ASEZA for their support and enthusiasm promoting sustainable tourism in Jordan. We are grateful to Jan Anfouka and Reem Saadeh for their friendship and support saving us from difficulties while we explored the country. They were always one phone call away to translate and provide interpretation services when the authors were in trouble. We would also like to recognize the work of Jacky Bedrossian, the author of "Say it in Arabic", and her lovely daughter Lilly for their help providing translations. Our special thanks go out to Emad Qasaymeh of the Aqaba Astronomy Association and his family for building an amazing observatory in Wadi Rum, which brought us frequently to the desert watching the stars at night.

We are also grateful to our graphic designer Martin Smit for his outstanding work creating the lay out of this book and producing the hiking maps. We are also grateful to Mike and Terri Scadron, JoAnn Bordeaux, Judy Macaluso, Andrea Conrad, Fran Paver, Dan Pelletier, Samantha Winter, Paulette Fried, Shadi Tanash, Andrew Bennett, Prof. Bill Kosar, Jane Mahoney, Chris Lehmann and Janet Katz, for proofreading and critiquing drafts of the guidebook. Our special thanks go out to Ms. Claire Brennan for her outstanding support by proofreading large sections of the draft and to Gregory Pellechi for his valuable contribution as senior editor of the guidebook.

We would also like to thank you, the users of this book. By purchasing this book, you not only make it possible for us to develop more hiking guides, but more importantly, by visiting Jordan, exploring its beauty and interacting with its communities, you substantially contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

 
Chris Grant & Gregory Maassen
Hiking in Jordan

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