50+ Photos To Inspire You To Visit Wadi Rum Desert In Jordan

Is Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan worth visiting? You bet, it is! One of the main Jordan attractions and the unique ecosystem has a lot of reasons to draw you in. The barren desert landscape, red rocks carved by the winds, thousands of stars and years of the history embedded in the land – all make for a unique excursion. Have a look at a few of the photos from Wadi Rum in Jordan, that I had a very hard time choosing (there are just too many!) which will hopefully inspire you to visit this beautiful place.

Wadi Rum desert photos

Photos to inspire you to visit Wadi Rum Desert

When we visited Jordan, one of the places that I was looking forward to the most was Wadi Rum. I pictured red sand dunes and dramatic rocks with the vast open plane. And, surprise, surprise, that’s what I found. And more.

Wadi Rum hiking, overlooking the deserted landscape
Wadi Rum hiking, overlooking the deserted landscape
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Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan, part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites List, is a very special place. Located in the south of the country, it has been inhabited for thousands of years by the nomadic Bedouin tribes. The freedom of the local people with the human and natural history that shaped the surrounding area give the Wadi Rum a distinctive atmosphere. It’s also a wonderful place for photographers, adventure seekers, and camping lovers! Whenever you travel, make sure to put Wadi Rum on your Jordan itinerary.

Local Bedouin on top of the highest mountain in Jordan, overlooking Wadi Rum
Local Bedouin on top of the highest mountain in Jordan, overlooking Wadi Rum
Horse riding in the Wadi Rum area, Jordan
Horse riding in the Wadi Rum area, Jordan
Wadi Rum Rock Formations, Jordan
Wadi Rum Rock Formations, Jordan
Just us and the red sand, Wadi Rum
Just us and the red sand, Wadi Rum
Travelling through the Wadi Rum desert
Travelling through the Wadi Rum desert
Rock formations in Wadi Rum hiking, Jordan
Rock formations in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Nabataean Petroglyphs in Wadi Rum
Nabataean Petroglyphs from VIII-VI century BC in Wadi Rum

Nights in the desert

Nights in the desert start with the sunset that paints the whole landscape red. The colour of the rocks becomes deeper and more intensive, and the sky matches the ground. After the sun sets behind the mountains, the dark night crawls in. Millions of stars sparkle in the sky brightening up the deserted landscape and leading the way in the dark. Those are the same stars that Bedouins used for navigation in the desert.  You can sit on the soft sand, listening to the void, almost touching the night in front of you.

Bonfire in the desert, during sunset, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Bonfire in the desert, during sunset, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Travelling through the desert at night, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Travelling through the desert at night, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Milky Way in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Milky Way in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Bedouin campsite in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Stars watching, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Stars watching, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum Camping

Camping in Wadi Rum is the best way of experiencing the area. You can set up your own tent or use the traditional Bedouin tents located in the different parts of the desert. In the morning, you will get welcomed by the sun rising over the sand – a different spectacle every day.

Wadi Rum camping, Wadi Rum bedouin camps
Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan itinerary
Watching the sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sun rising over the rock formations in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sun rising over the rock formations in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum hiking and the highest mountain in Jordan

There is plenty of opportunities for Wadi Rum hiking in the desert. My favorite hike was the one to top of Jabal Umm Ad Dami – the highest mountain in Jordan. The mountain towers to the height of 1854 m and offers the views stretching out to Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea.

The views from Jabal Umm ad Dami, Saudi Arabia desert
The views from Jabal Umm ad Dami, Saudi Arabia desert
The view to Saudi Arabia from the highest mountain in Jordan
The view of Saudi Arabia from the highest mountain in Jordan
On top of Jabal Umm ad Dami, the highest mountain in Jordan
On top of Jabal Umm ad Dami, the highest mountain in Jordan
On top of Jabal Umm ad Dami, the highest mountain in Jordan, overlooking Saudi Arabia
On top of Jabal Umm ad Dami, the highest mountain in Jordan, overlooking Saudi Arabia
Lunch in the desert!
Lunchtime on the desert!

The surreal landscape

Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, is full of surreal rock formations, towering hills, sweeping red sand dunes, and sandstone arches or bridges. You can visit them with a Wadi Rum jeep tour or travelling through the desert with your own car or on foot. The red coloured rocks are beautifully carved by erosion and many are 30 million years old. This part of Jordan is the most dramatic in terms of landscape. The valleys and gorges smoothed by wind and water, the sand dunes, the striking granite, and sandstone formation, and clear night skies create the landscape out of this world.

The Um Frouth Arch, Wadi Rum
The Um Frouth Arch, Wadi Rum
Uniquely shaped rock formations, Wadi Rum
Uniquely shaped rock formations, Wadi Rum
The mushroom-shaped rock in Wadi Rum, Jordan
The mushroom-shaped rock in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Jeeps meeting up for the sunset, Wadi Rum
Jeeps meeting up for the sunset, Wadi Rum
Jeeps meeting in one area of Wadi Rum, Seven Pillars of wisdom
Jeeps meeting in one area of Wadi Rum, Seven Pillars of wisdom
Sun setting down in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sun setting down in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock formations in Wadi Rum
Rock formations in Wadi Rum
Jeep tracks in the sand illuminated by the afternoon sun, Wadi Rum
Jeep tracks in the sand illuminated by the afternoon sun, Wadi Rum
Overlooking the Wadi Rum
Overlooking the Wadi Rum
Rock piles in the shadow, looking like aliens. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock piles in the shadow, looking like aliens in the Martian landscape. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock piles in the Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock piles in the Wadi Rum, Jordan
People are so small in comparison to nature. Wadi Rum, Jordan
People are so small in comparison to nature. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Shadows and the sun, Wadi Rum
Shadows and the sun, Wadi Rum
The hikers, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The hikers, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Walking through the Khazali Canyon, Wadi Rum
Walking through the Khazali Canyon, Wadi Rum
Trees in the Khazali Canyon, Wadi Rum
Trees in the Khazali Canyon, Wadi Rum

The camels in Wadi Rum

The camels in Wadi Rum are the natural part of the desert. Riding the camels has always been the traditional way for the Bedouins to move around the desert. The animals used to play an important part in Bedouins life – providing them with a mean of transport, food, and milk. Bedouins believe that camel’s milk has medicinal purposes. Nowadays, some of the Bedouins still own camels but mainly use them for tourists. When you visit Wadi Rum you will have an opportunity to ride the camel. However, always make sure that the animals are well treated and by riding them you are not compromising their well being.

The camels do add the magical touch to the landscape with their humps moving slightly when they walk towards the sunset and their funny faces snuffing for the food when they see a person nearby.

Walking towards the sunset, Wadi Rum
Walking towards the sunset, Wadi Rum
Sunset break, Wadi Rum
Sunset break, Wadi Rum
Camels humps looking like giant hearts, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camels humps looking like giant hearts, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camels, the sun and the desert, Wadi Rum
Camels, the sun and the desert, Wadi Rum
The shadows and the camels, Wadi Rum
The shadows and the camels, Wadi Rum
People and their camels. Wadi Rum
People and their camels. Wadi Rum
Camels are a popular mean of transport in Wadi Rum area
Camels are a popular mean of transport in Wadi Rum area
Camels' fields, Wadi Rum
Camels’ fields, Wadi Rum
The people, the camels, and the rocks are all part of the same landscape, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The people, the camels, and the rocks are all part of the same landscape, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Black and white camels on the red desert, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Black and white camels on the red desert, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The camel sign, Wadi Rum, Jordan
The camel sign, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Useful info

Where to stay in Wadi Rum?

We stayed in the traditional Bedouin camp – Wadi Rum Green Desert Camp – for two nights. The friendly, quiet atmosphere, ideal for relaxing evenings after adventure-filled activities in the desert, delicious food and the nicest Bedouins it’s what describes that place. You can book the Wadi Rum camp here. 

What to take for Wadi Rum?

Pack for Wadi Rum:

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Would you like to visit Wadi Rum in Jordan? Which place would you like to see the most? Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments!


Read more about Jordan:

Jordan 10 days itinerary

Hiking in Wadi Rum – the highest mountain in Jordan Jabal Umm Ad Dami

Camping in Wadi Rum

The Best Hotels In Jordan – Full Guide On Where To Stay In Jordan

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4 thoughts on “50+ Photos To Inspire You To Visit Wadi Rum Desert In Jordan

  1. Went to Jordan for 3 days for some reason I skipped wadi rum. well, now I have reason to get back there. Lovely pictures.

  2. Hi Aga. I agree that your Photos inspire people to visit Wadi Rum Desert including me. By the way, I haven’t been to desert. Could you please share me how to prepare myself or items before the trip?

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