Set along the northern edge of the Ramon Crater, ‘Mitzpe Ramon’ (in Hebrew: ‘Ramon Observation Point’) is one of the most remote town in Israel. Founded in 1951 for the workers building the road to Eilat, Mizpe Ramon retained its special rural character and attracting people seeking serine desert landscapes. In recent years, Mizpe, as the locals call it, became known for various tour services and attractions, in and around the city. From lodges to luxury spa hotels, Mizpe also offers a wide range of places to stay, and a few bars and restaurants.
Things to do Around Mizpe Ramon
If staying in Mizpe, don’t miss the breathtaking sunsets along its promenade, adjacent to the crater’s northern edge. During the day (and night) there are plenty of outdoor activities around the city. Most popular are hikes, Jeep tours, or ATV tours in the crater and its surroundings. To get introduced to the with the region, book a tour in the remodeled Ramon Crater Visitors’ center. It presents the crater’s unique geological formation, the biggest of its type in the world, and its wildlife. It also includes an exhibition in memory of Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who died in the 2003 Columbia disaster. Ramon grew up in the south, and his family is named after the crater.
The hikes and tours in the crater itself can be combined with a Camel ride, or a Bedouin hospitality experience. At night the crater is also a popular destination for stargazing. Its remote position and high altitude make the crater an ideal spot for viewing stars and planets, with minimal light and dust pollution.
We recommend a 2 days private tour to the Ramon Crater, which will include many special and exciting experiences.