Mitzpe Ramon is a small local council in the Negev center, next to the beautiful Ramon Crater! Only about 150 kilometers north of Eilat and about 80 kilometers south of Beer Sheva, at an altitude of approximately 900 meters above sea level.
The location of Mitzpe Ramon – the desert, combined with the size of course, together create a unique climate – warm weather but not too hot in summer, as well as desert, wintery and cold weather in the winter months, once every few years, it even snows in the area.

But this is not just the small local council that attracts many visitors from the country and the world; it is the great desert, the desert experience, and the unique places to walk in those around it. Here are all the most fascinating experiences and activities that can be done on a trip to Mitzpe Ramon.

View of Makhtesh Ramon Crater, Negev Desert, Israel

The crater – a rare natural treasure

A crater is a depression that remains in the Earth’s crust, on the face of the Earth. Although there are several types of holes, which are formed in different ways, in Israel, the craters are formed by drifting forces – from the flow of sediment on the rock layers, therefore called drifting cavities, or erosive crater, from the word erosion, rock erosion resulting from the drifting action.

Ramon Crater‘ is the most massive erosive crater in the world! It is one of the five holes in the Negev and is located right next to Mitzpe Ramon. The cavity is about 40 kilometers long, about 9 km wide, and even its maximum depth is very impressive – about 350 meters!

Many desert animals see the Ramon Crater as their natural home: day predators, chamois, lizards, snakes, wild animals, jackals, foxes, and more. Even if you do not get to see everyone up close – keep the site clean during the visit – for their sake.

In Ramon Crater, a visitor center with a breathtaking view of the crater, with all the information you will need for a trip in the area. In the heart of Ramon Crater is a night camp where you can sleep outdoors ‘Khan Barut‘ or in a Nabataean road lodge in ‘Khan Saharonim.’ The many hiking trails in the area, the wonderful and unique geological phenomena certainly allow for a longer hike than a one-day hike.

Two ibexes stand on the cliff above the higway at Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon) in Negev Desert in Israel.

Although the ‘small crater’ is less impressive in size: it is about 8 kilometers long, its wide is about 6 kilometers, and its depth is about 400 kilometers, but its beauty is infinite!
A variety of trails, colorful sandstones, unique desert animals, and fun hiking trails can also be found in the small crater.

It is essential to mention that if you have chosen the hiking trails in each of the craters, move away from the hot hours, stock up on drinking water (and plenty!), and if there is a risk of flooding, avoid reaching the area.

Activities for families in Mitzpe Ramon

The development of tourism in Mitzpe Ramon is undoubtedly noticeable. The small regional council has a variety of boutique hotels, bars, and restaurants – and it seems that there are many plans for future construction. But, for now, let’s focus on the unique activities for families:

The Alpaca Farm is the only place in the country where you can see alpacas. The alpaca is a species of the camel family.

Stargazing, astronomy, and guided tours at all hours of the day and night – with the announcement of Ramon Crater as an ‘international starlight reserve‘ (the first in Israel and the entire Middle East!) In 2017, by the American IDA, International Dark-Sky Association, Observations Nights on the sky, astronomical guides, and fascinating tours had become familiar not only in the Ramon Crater but all over the great desert that surrounds the area!
There are tours for all ages, families, adults, and more – and they are highly recommended.

View of an old quarry, turned into a national park display, in Makhtesh (crater) Ramon, the Negev Desert, southern Israel
View on narrow highway running through Ramon Crater at Negev desert in Israel.

On every trip in Mitzpe Ramon and the area, enjoy the uniqueness and the magic of the desert that never ends, a pleasant journey!