Nature & Outdoors in Alula

Nature & Outdoors in Alula

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A desert oasis brimming with natural beauty

Together with its rich cultural heritage and layer-upon-layer of human history, AlUla stands out for its remarkable wealth of natural wonders. Boasting a magnificent sense of space and peace, AlUla’s landscape invites you to wander and meditate upon the splendour of this open-air museum. From mazes of dramatic rock to rolling sand-swept dunes, a valley swathed in citrus groves to millennia-old lava flows, be sure to make time to explore AlUla’s outdoors and connect 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 Sharaan 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

Until 31 March AlUla Activity & Camping Package

Camp between the sandstone mountains, surrounded by palm trees in this unforgettable two-night/three-day experience. Be fully immersed in the unique nature of AlUla and enjoy three Husaak outdoor experiences of your choice, from the Twisted Maze Hike to Stargazing and more.

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22 Dec 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 VIP Sharaan Safari Tour

Set out on an adventure to discover the breathtaking scenery AlUla has to offer with the VIP Sharaan Safari Tour. Explore the Sharaan Nature Reserve on this four-hour sightseeing tour with a private 4x4 vehicle and professional guide to show you ancient inscriptions and unique rock formations.

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Until 30 September 4x4 Sharaan Nature Reserve Tour

Enjoy a day trip exploring AlUla, starting with a 4x4 Safari through the Sharaan Nature Reserve. Discover the sandstone mountains and learn more about AlUla's unique rock formations. In the afternoon, browse through the shops at the AlUla Old Town Market and end your day with breathtaking views and a visit to the iconic Elephant Rock.

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Giant Swing

Those looking for an adventure in AlUla will experience the thrill of a lifetime on the Giant Swing. Head to the Adventure Hub to leap from a mountain's edge and fly through canyon terrain while taking in gorgeous vista views.

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AlUla Stairway

The first of its kind in the region, the AlUla Stairway takes you up a 45-metre suspended ladder stairway with an exhilarating zipline back down to the valley floor. Take part in this unforgettable, challenging adventure and leave with epic memories and photos to take home.

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The Twisted Maze 8 Hour Hike

Are you up for a challenge? Hike, climb and swim your way through some of AlUla’s more rugged landscapes on the Twisted Maze Hike.

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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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Harrat Viewpoint

Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Telescopes allow you to see further, finding constellations and stories among the stars.

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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 after dark and the tranquil ambience that surrounds you on the 4km walk.

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Heritage Oasis Trail

The Heritage Oasis Trail is a designated trail within the AlUla Oasis with beautiful spots for photos and a few local farm stalls along the way. Guided tours are available.

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Wheels Bike Hub

From daily cyclists to leisurely riders, the Wheels 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 refreshments at the Bike Hub Café after your ride.

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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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AlUla

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