Timna Park is one of the most interesting spots along the way to and from Eilat. My family and I decided to take one of our guests to the park on a warm Saturday morning. It was 32 degrees outisde at 8:30 a.m. Yes, I highly recommend coming here in winter.
Timna Park is a huge park, covering about 15,000 acres, full of beautiful desert scenery and some historical spots. The Timna Valley was the site of the first copper mine in the world. While touring the place for only a couple of hours, we found many ancient mining shafts. The Egyptian have spent a long time in this area, mining copper, so we also found some ancient inscriptions on the rock walls (at “The Solomon Pillars”) and the remainings of an ancient temple.
When visiting, make sure to stop at the Timna Articial Lake and fill up some plastic bottles with colorful sand.
The park is situated about 25 km from Eilat, a 20 minutes’ drive from the city. It is possible to take a bus to the station that’s situated in front of the road leading to the park, but you should get ready for a lot of walking if you’re not coming with a car. It’s recommended to visit Timna Park by car. Elsewise, you will have to hike in the park all day and maybe more.
There is a mid-range entrance fee.
The park is open Sundays to Thursdays between 8:00 and 16:00 and Fridays between 8:00-13:00 (in Winter). In Summer the opening hours are shorter. Check out the official site for hours – http://www.parktimna.co.il/EN/.