Dana Museum


Spare some time for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature's (RSCN) wonderful little museum. It illustrates the various wildlife at 1500m on the King’s Highway, at 1100m at Dana Village and 50m below sea level in Wadi Araba. It also explains the particular ecological challenges in a reserve that experiences 350mm of rain per year in winter on the mountaintops, and soaring desert temperatures and 10mm of rain per year at sea level.

This is a good place to begin an exploration of the area, providing context for the various treasures to look out for during a hike.

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1. Dana Biosphere Reserve

0.49 MILES

The Dana Biosphere Reserve is the largest in Jordan and includes a variety of terrain, from sandstone cliffs more than 1700m high near Dana to a low point…

2. Shobak Castle

10.26 MILES

Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle wins over even the most castle-weary visitor, despite being less complete than its sister fortification…

3. Khirbet Tannour Temple

21.05 MILES

The neglected ruins of the 2000-year-old Nabataean temple of Khirbet Tannour are worth the hike up the hill for the view, if nothing else. A famous statue…

4. Little Petra Siq

22.8 MILES

An obvious path leads through the 400m-long Siq Al Barid, opening out into flat, sandy areas. The first open area boasts a temple while four triclinia –…

5. Al Beidha


The neolithic ruins of Al Beidha date back 9000 years and, along with Jericho, constitute one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. The…

6. Al Wu’ira

24.97 MILES

Built by the Crusaders in AD 1116, Al Wu’ira was overrun by Muslim forces 73 years after construction. An impressive old bridge (previously a drawbridge)…

7. Christian Tombs

24.98 MILES

Many of these caves are marked with crosses, leading to the assumption that they may have been used for Christian burial.

8. Moses' Spring

25.05 MILES

Moses' Spring is one of two possible locations in Jordan for the site where Moses supposedly struck the rock with his staff and water gushed forth to the…