Nature & Outdoors in Alula

Nature & Outdoors in Alula

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A DESERT OASIS BECKONS NATURAL WONDERS

AlUla is such a noteworthy destination because of its layer upon layer of human history and a wealth of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Few locations can boast such a rich combination of heritage, culture and natural beauty.

There’s also a sense of openness, vastness and quiet that invites visitors to wander in AlUla’s living museum. From mazes of dramatic rock formations to rolling, sand-swept dunes to a valley cloaked in palm and citrus groves to millennia-old clues in basalt lava flows, be sure to leave plenty of time in your AlUla itinerary to commune with its expansive natural offerings.

Explore AlUla's Nature & Outdoors

One of AlUla's most recognisable natural sites Jabal AlFil Elephant Rock

One of AlUla's many geological marvels, set in golden desert sands and climbing three storeys into the sky. With its "trunk" and "body" of this formation, it is also known as Elephant Rock.

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The darkest of skies tilt your eyes skyward Stargazing

Experience the enchantment of a desert stargazing tour led by local experts. Far from city lights, marvel at constellations aglow.

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Stories written amongst the stone Rock Art & Inscriptions

For thousands of years, travellers on popular pilgrimage and trade routes in north-western Saudi Arabia often stopped in city hubs to do business and rest. Many of the visitors left messages, inscriptions or rock art, carved and etched into stone to mark their journey through the extraordinary landscapes that now comprise AlUla.

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Natural Art Formations Rocks of AlUla

Thousands of years of wind and water have turned sandstone rocks into works of art. Throughout AlUla's desert landscape you will find these natural hidden treasures.

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Overlook the city of AlUla Harrat Viewpoint

Overlooking the beautiful landmarks of AlUla and the magical desert beyond sits the Harrat Viewpoint. Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings.

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An Agricultural Haven AlUla Oasis

This lush sanctuary in the windswept Saudi Arabian desert has provided life to AlUla's residents, travellers, flora and fauna for thousands of years. Today, it's an agricultural epicentre waiting to be explored.

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A RICH, DIVERSE LANDSCAPE GEOLOGY OF ALULA

Throughout the region, you’ll see sand-drifted canyons, red-rock cliff faces, black basalt atop towering mesas and more unique outcrops and rock formations — all surrounded by seas of desert sand deposits. These imagination-spurring rock formations add to the wonder of AlUla, as some have naturally taken the forms of humans, animals and architectural structures.

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An Array of Flora & Fauna Sharann Nature Reserve

In addition to its enchanting history and culture, AlUla is home to raw, breathtaking wilderness and an array of diverse flora and fauna. At Sharaan Nature Reserve, 1,500 square kilometres (579 square miles) of soaring red-rock canyons, sprawling desert and valleys carpeted in delicate wildflowers offer a treasure trove of natural wonders.

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Adventure & Outdoor Experiences

Stargazing Experience

Experience the enchantment of desert with stargazing led by Husaak’s star guide. Surrounded by Gharameel’s mystical rock formations you will look up to a blanket of stars and enjoy a traditional grilled dinner alfresco.

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AlUla Zipline Experience

One for thrill seekers, test your nerve by whizzing through the air on the zipline at Harrat Mountain.

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Rock Climbing

Take adventure to the next level with rock climbing on the spectacular mountains of AlUla. Enjoy this fun adventure sport while taking in nature’s beauty surrounding you.

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Via Ferrata & Canyon Hammock

Aerial challenges and suspended obstacles make up the adventurous route of the Via Ferrata. Whether it's the daring heights or stunning canyon views, get ready to take your breath away.

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Abseil

Experience the thrilling adventure of abseiling down AlUla’s magnificent mountain landscapes. Feel the adrenaline rush as you descend downward and embark on this outdoor journey of a lifetime.

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Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies to experience the breath-taking views of stunning desert vistas and iconic landmarks such as Elephant Rock and World UNESCO site, Hegra. View the world from a new angle and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Cycling Trail

Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes.

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The Ridge Walk

The Ridge Walk is an easy hiking experience that will fully immerse you in the desert environment, marked by awe-inspiring views of AlUla’s stunning landscape.

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AlUla Buggy Tours

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling buggy ride over the rugged dunes and through the stunning sandstone mountains of AlUla!

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Hidden Valley Hike

Take to the desert during the evening and soak up the tranquil ambiance that surrounds you on this 4km walk. Watch the shadows begin to fall as delicate soft hues of pink and orange paint the sky when the sun sets.

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AlUla Bike Hub

From daily cyclists to leisurely riders, the AlUla Bike Hub is your home for everything related to cycling. Explore 26km of cycling trails in the beauty of AlUla from the freedom of your bike. Enjoy a stop at the Bike Hub Cafe to reenergize with snacks, juices and other light refreshments.

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Plan Your Trip To AlUla

Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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What to Do

Unlock the secrets of this open-air museum, where an exciting collection of immersive experiences and activities bring its stories to life.

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Where to Eat

In AlUla there are many dining options to replenish your energy after a day of exploring. Casual to fine dining options are available.

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Where to Stay

Looking for a place to rest after a long day’s adventure? From high-end luxury to sustainable eco-resorts, AlUla offers a range of accommodation options.

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COVID-19 Information

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible.

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Plan and Book Your Trip

Learn about the different options to make the most of your time at AlUla. You can book your trip through our preferred booking partners or book your trip yourself by exploring AlUla accommodations and thrilling experiences.

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