The small town of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev desert is approximately 140 km north of Eilat and 80 km south of Beer Sheva. The town is situated right on the edge of the Ramon Crater which is the largest of three craters located in the Negev.
When visiting Mitzpe Ramon it is a good idea to start at the very edge of the Crater where the Visitors centre is located. The Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Centre displays large models showing the geology and geography of the area as well as an audio-visual presentation that describes in detail the formation of the craters and the Negev as well as the local flora and fauna and the history of settlement. There is also an observation deck with a spectacular view of the crater itself.
From the Visitors Centre a trail called The Albert Promenade leads along the Craters edge to a bird balcony where visitors can view birds flying below. All along the promenade there are striking sculptures of environmental interest. There is also a complex called Bio Ramon with a presentation divided into areas showing a collection of desert animals and plants and a part with a reconstruction of a desert setting all of which is really interesting.
Mitzpe Ramon was originally founded in 1950 as a military outpost and in later years a place of various immigrant groups were sent to make their homes and although it remains a small town it has also become the ideal stopping point for travelers wishing to view the Crater, experience the excellent air quality, magnificent landscapes and outstanding views of the night sky makes it a delight for Star Gazers. The wonderful hiking trails in the area are also very popular amongst local visitors and tourists alike.
Accommodation is available in Hotels, Guest House, B&B’s and camping grounds.