Rock Formations Of AlUla
Take in the striking scenery that the settlers and visitors to AlUla have enjoyed for millennia, by getting an up-close look at the dramatic rock formations that dot the desert landscape.
One of AlUla’s most recognizable rock formations, The Arch (also known as Rainbow Rock) is well worth the 90-minute drive from the centre of the city. Its bridge-shaped structure, which resembles a rainbow flanked by two clouds, is a rare sight indeed. Though you will be enthralled by this sprawling display of sandstone, don’t miss spotting semi-precious desert diamonds on-site. You can eye these multi-colored pieces of quartz embedded in the rock itself and scattered on the surrounding ground.
Also known as Elephant Rock, this formation has captured the imagination of keen photographers the world over. As the name suggests, this red sandstone marvel is shaped like an elephant with a distinctive ‘trunk’ and ‘body’ – the result of millions of years of wind and water erosion. It’s a popular camping spot, especially during festivals when the structure is bathed in light and campers can take the chance to ride a horse or camel, keep warm by the firepits, and dine on delights from the pop-up eateries.
About an hour outside of the city centre, discover dark, thin pillars of stone stretching up to the sky. This is AlGharameel. You’ll need to go off-road to reach the site, so we recommend hiring an experienced driver with a four-wheel drive. Your reward is a view unlike any other, made even more dramatic at night, when AlUla’s dark skies showcase a brilliant display of stars above the rocks. In fact, stargazing packages welcome you to gaze at AlGharameel’s stone pillars and follow their spires upward toward the twinkling stars.
Visit the Dancing Rocks, so-called because these formations are sculpted by nature to appear as if they are swaying in unison. Located in the Raggasat Valley, the rocks seem to dance together at a slight remove from the surrounding rock formations. Appreciate the Dancing Rocks and others that extend as far as the eye can see, and plan a hike or dune buggy experience on-site. You can reach Dancing Rocks in 45 minutes from the city centre; hiring an experienced driver with a four-wheel drive is recommended.
Amongst the monumental tombs of Hegra, next to Jabal AlAhmar, you will notice a formation that resembles the profile of a human head gazing out over the desert landscape. Marveling at (and snapping pics of) Face Rock is a must, then, for any visitor to Hegra. As with all of AlUla’s rock formations, sunrise and sunset are prime times to visit, when the light plays on the sandstone, seeming to illuminate the rocks from within — a magical sight for observers and photographers alike.
Millions of years of erosion have formed an opening in one of AlUla’s signature sandstone outcrops. The effect is a jar sculped by nature; though some say it resembles a bottle or bowling pin. Decide for yourself when you visit “Jabal Jarrah.” For access, make your way via SUV to Elephant Rock, then hike to Jar Rock for views of Elephant Rock and its valley, mountain and farm views. Because there are no parking or facilities at Jar Rock, and the hike includes slippery rocks and a steep drop from the “jar,” this experience is not recommended for children.
Explore More Experiences in AlUla
Hegra Tour 2 Hour Tour
Visit Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest preserved site of the Nabataean civilisation south of Petra.
Hegra Rock Art Trail 1.5 Hours Trail
Explore Hegra with a rawi and learn the stories of the rock art found amongst the stone.
ORANGE PATH & ALWADI AT YOUR LEISURE
Walk between farms in the fresh AlUla air to discover sun-lit markets where local farmers and artisans sell wares from citrus-infused delicacies to pottery. Make a day of this experience by renting a digital bike to explore further and enjoying refreshment at Pink Camel.
Alula Old Town Tour One Hour Tour
Take a tour or with a rawi through AlUla Old Town where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.
Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour 2 Hour Tour
Start your journey through time at Dadan the ancient Kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations. Next take a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah situated in a stunning desert canyon.
Dadan Heritage Trail to Old Town 2 Hours Trail
Weave your way through the beautiful AlUla Oasis, at your own pace. This 2 hours tour is self guided and at your leisure.
Elephant Rock Visit 2 hours Experience
Take a seat in our comfortable and stylish sunken seating, sit back and enjoy the view of our most famous geological formation Elephant Rock as she looms large over you.
Stargazing 4 Hours 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.
Cycling Trail 2 Hours Experience
Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes
Bike Park 2 Hours Experience
Visit Adventure Canyon's new purpose built Bike Park. This low impact, high energy adventure has bump and pump dirt tracks and is fun for all the family.
AlUla Zipline Experience One Hour Experience
One for thrill seekers, test your nerve by whizzing through the air on the zip line at Harrat Mountain.
Horse Trail 1.5 Hours Trail
Saddle up for this family-friendly guided trek through the stunning AlUla desert landscapes and lush oasis.
AlUla Buggies Experience 2 Hours Experience
Journey through peaks and dunes on this classic buggy experience. A modern, high impact option to experience a thrilling activity at the adventure canyon.
Sadu Escape Experience 4 Hours Experience
Description: Relax in an elegant tent with a view of secluded Camel Rock and the sounds of a laidback musical performance.
Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Sound Bath Experience 1.5 Hours Experience
90-minute private and group sessions combine restorative yoga, gentle breathwork and meditation with an immersive sound bath.
Drumming One Hour Experience
Enjoy a class, join in an interactive drum circle or simply listen as uplifting percussion beats carry through the desert air, transforming your mood.
AlUla Fresh Farm 2 Hours Experience
AlUla Fresh offers a fantastic tour around the agriculture of AlUla. Get back to nature by picking fruits, planting seeds and enjoying a seating area in the farm
Exhale Yoga Sessions One Hour Session
Lets enjoy the beauty of AlUla and "BREATHE IN" the abundance of nature together.
AlUla Oasis view Trail 3 Hours Experience
Operated by: Jaddah Adventures Hike up to Alfath mountain peak to catch an unforgettable view of AlUla oasis, millions of palm trees below you.
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.
Hegra Vintage Jeep Tours Coming Soon
Hop in a vintage Jeep and explore the miles of tombs within Hegra.