Mitzpe Ramon Promenade
The promenade in Mitzpe Ramon is an inspiring scenic route suitable for a pleasant walk in front of one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Israel. You can choose between an observation of ten minutes and a significant trip of three to four hours, starting and ending in different places, walking at a brisk pace, or staying for a long time in one of the magical corners that allow thoughts to flourish.
The promenade is named after Albert Katz - a friend of the JNF from Switzerland and is about two kilometers from the visitor center to the Har Hanegev field school. Walking on the promenade invites you to enjoy the view of Ramon Crater - the giant crater of its kind in the world. The crater is drained by one main channel - Nahal Ramon. The name of the stream derives from the Arabic word "Raman," which means - Romans. As is well known, the Romans ruled the Land of Israel two thousand years ago, and they also came to this area, mainly to control the perfumed ways of the Nabataeans.
If you are lucky (and there is a good chance you will be), you will meet our goat friends - the permanent residents of the crater rim and also of Mitzpe Ramon. The chamois live on the edge of the crater and are accustomed to human company. Although they will keep a reasonable distance from you. If you walk calmly and respectfully, you will observe them and enjoy the noble beauty. Please note that goats are not allowed under any circumstances. This harms their health and upsets the balance in nature.
Artists left their mark by placing stone sculptures in the central part of the promenade. You will meet the statue of Danny Kisch - a bearded man, and the statue of David Payne - blocks of stone that are placed on top of each other and create a play space that children simply cannot ignore.
When to come and what to wear
The best time for a trip is at the end of the day, so also enjoy a delightful desert sunset. Please note that in Mitzpe Ramon it is always advisable to bring a warm garment for the evening.
You can have different routes along the promenade:
- Park in the visitor center and go from there to the round trip route, depending on the time and power.
- Park on Nahal Arod Street, near a playground, go directly to the terrace, and then decide which direction to walk - to the visitor center in the east or the camel mountain in the west.
- Shop at the foot of the camel mountain and walk towards the promenade and the visitor center, east, or towards the observation post of the Negev Mountain School in the west. A 15-minute walk in each direction.