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The Aloe Vera House in the Moshav of Ein Yahav contains a visitor's center and factory store of the Just Aloe products that are produced there. The products, as their name suggests, are based on Aloe Vera and the Moshav has been dedicated for the past twenty-five years to the growing, research and development of Aloe Vera. Research carried out on site resulted in the production of cosmetic products that are unique in the way that they preserve the components of the Aloe Vera.

Visitors to the Aloe Vera House can enjoy tours of Ein Yahav free of charge. There is also a shady sitting area, air-conditioned shop and facilities on site.

Timna Park is located about seventeen miles north of Eilat and offers a plethora of activities for families. Beautiful scenery, special antiquities and a rich history come together to create an unforgettable experience. Timna is the site of the world's first copper mine and ancient mining shafts can be seen throughout the park that date back to ancient imperial Egypt. Remnants of Egyptian mythology and fascinating historical facts keep visitors enthralled. A multimedia presentation brings the stories to life and explains copper mining and its development from ancient Egypt until present day.
Other attractions in the park include pedal boats on the lake, colored sand bottle crafts, making "King Solomon stamps" and of course enjoying the stunning arid-land vegetation that includes herds of wild ibex that observe the visitors from the cliff tops. Additionally, there is a restaurant on site, a souvenir shop and camping grounds.
The Black Canyon trail (also known as Amram's Pillars) starts off of highway 90 where there is a clearly marked turn about fifteen minutes north of Eilat. Drive for about fifteen minutes down the dirt road and you will get to a parking lot. The trail is not circular so make sure to use two cars and shuttle between the starting and ending point. Amram's Pillars are two natural rock formations at the end of the short canyon. The hike then ascends up to Mount Amir and there are some spectacular views to be enjoyed at the peak of the mountain. When descending there are two options- either a mostly flat route that goes along the Israel Trail or a more interesting trail through a canyon filled with ancient copper mines and digging shafts. At the end of either of the two routes one will see the Black Canyon- not to be missed at any price- it is filled with gray and black granite rock formations, white limestone chalk and narrow passageways that are great fun to climb and slide through. The Black Canyon trail is a fantastic trail that is suitable for all the family and can be enjoyed in all seasons
The Evrona Nature Reserve is located in the Sothern Arava region, not far from the Arava border crossing. The nature reserve is rich in natural resources, beautiful views and history. Within the forty square kilometer nature reserve is another nature reserve called Doum Palms. The Doum Palms Reserve is a stunning group of Egyptian Doum Palms. The Egyptian Doum Palm is a rare tree in Israel- Israel is one of the most northern places that the tree grows in in the world. Apart from the small Doum Palms Reserve, the Evrona Nature Reserve is made up of a savannah landscape that includes acacia trees, deer herds, salt pools and magnificent views of the Edom Mountains in the east. How to get there: The Doum Palms Reserve can be reached tens of meters to the south-west of the Arava border crossing (named after Yitzchak Rabin). Road number 109 will get you there.
Ein Evrona is an ancient well that is located on the edge of the Evrona salt marsh. In times gone by the water would rise and overflow onto the surrounding countryside. Nowadays the well is dry due to a drop in the level of the ground water. Upon arrival to Ein Evrona one sees a series of round mounds with a depression in their midst. This method of an underground water system dates back to the ancient Muslim period, is called Fogaras and is based on a two-thousand-year-old Persian method that is used until today in Iran. How to get there: Turn east off the Arava Highway onto an unpaved road. Follow the signs to Be'er Evrona.
Nahal Gishron is the southernmost canyon descending from the Eilat Mountains into the Eilat Gulf. The stream passes in a magnificent stream between colorful sandstone rocks. Along the trail visitors can enjoy a stunning view of black and white rocky landscape due to the steep granite cliffs that rise up on both sides of the deep canyon. The trail is peaceful and quiet and for those who walk it early in the morning there may even be a chance of viewing some ibexes that are quite unafraid of human presence.
Peace Road is the name of the road that runs along the border between Israel and Jordan. Along the length of the road travelers can enjoy the view of cultivated fields and stop at observation points that overlook the Arava streambed and the Edom Mountains. In 1922 the British Mandate determined the border between Israel and Jordan with the borderline being drawn in the middle of the Arava streambed. In 1994 when negotiations were being made between Jordan and Israel it became apparent that some of Israel's fields were located on the Jordanian side of the streambed. In exchange for the returned fields the Jordanians received alternate lands. How to get there: Near Moshav Idan
The name of the trail Ein Netafim prepares hikers well for what awaits them; the name translates to mean "The Spring of Small Drops" and indeed, the spring at the end of the trail is probably one of the smallest and driest you will ever see! Well, we are in one of the driest areas of Israel after all… Ein Netafim is a water spring that is located in the Eilat Mountains close to the Israeli-Egyptian border. It is the only perennial spring in the Eilat area and serves as the main drinking water source for the animals in the surrounding area. In the evening and night the animals gather around the spring in order to drink- animals include gazelles, goats, rabbits and birds. The trail is a part of the Israel National Trail which stretches for over 500 miles along the country. How to get there: From Eilat, travel west on the "Ma'aleh Eilat" Road (Number 20) in the direction of Mitzpe Ramon. Drive for about twenty minutes and you will see a sign for Ein Netafim. Turn off the road on to a dirt track to the right and you will be able to park in the parking lot. The trail starts there.


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