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 Uwayrid

Drive to the peak of one of AlUla's highest points and look out to view the beauty of the oasis, old town and wonderous landscape.

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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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Nature & Outdoor Experiences

Hidden Valley Hike 1.5 Hour Experience

Take to the desert after dark and the tranquil ambiance that surrounds you on the 4km walk.

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Cycling Trail 2 Hour Experience

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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Oasis Trail 2 Hour Trail

Weave your way through the beautiful AlUla Oasis. This 2 hour tour is self-guided and at your leisure.

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Stargazing 4 Hour Experience

AlUla is a fantastic place for stargazing. At AlGharameel, you can enjoy a traditional bedouin set-up, with an expert guide on hand to tell you about the stars and constellations, and how they relate to AlUla’s culture and history.

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AlUla Oasis view Trail 2 Hour Experience

Hike up to Alfath mountain peak to catch an unforgettable view of AlUla oasis, with millions of palm trees below you.

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The Adventure Trail 3 - 4 Hour guided hike

Lace up your hiking shoes and hit the mountains for a half day journey led by an expert guide through the rocky terrain and deep pools of water.

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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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Explore The World's Masterpiece

The World's Largest Living Museum Heritage

Take a journey to both the ancient and recent past. Uncover preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and man-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history.

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Thrilling experiences and outdoor excursions Adventure

By day, tour heritage sites, enjoy mountain hikes and experience thrills on zipline tours and dune buggy rides. By night, relax with stargazing and other activities.

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A Land of Wondrous Inspiration Arts & Culture

From contemporary artists creating pieces made for the stunning desert backdrop to local artisans continuing the tradition of ancient handicrafts, the spirit of creativity and ingenuity can be discovered in every corner of AlUla.

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