Wadi Rum Map
When visitors arrive to Wadi Rum they are required to register at the visitor centre and pay an entry fee of JOD5. For visitors with the Jordan Pass entry is included. At the visitor centre a Wadi Rum map is provided free for all visitors. Below is an example of the map showing the major sites of the Protected Area and the most common itineraries.
The Protected Area is quite large as can be seen from the scale of the map. More than 10km east to west and more than 20km north to south. However distances are much greater as it is rarely possible to travel in straight lines due to the mammoth sandstone mountains throughout the Protected Area. The majority of the main sites are located around the park entrance. Wadi Rum Village is just a few kilometres past the entrance and has a parking area for visitors. An alternate experience is to do a tour in the wilderness zone in the southern zones of the Protected Area. There are fewer tourists and a different experience of the vastness of the Protected Area landscapes. This is available in our White Desert Tour.
Wadi Rum Attractions
You can see the listed sites include: 1. Lawrence Spring, 2. Khazali Canyon, 3. Sunset Site, 4. Sand Dune Area, 5. Burdah Rock Bridge, 6. Burrah Canyon, 7. Alameleh Inscriptions, 8. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 9. Siq Um Al Tawaqi, 10. Sunset Site ‘Al Ghuroub’, 11. Su’eifan, 12. Little Bridge, 13. The Map, 14. Anfashieh Inscriptions, 15. Nabataen Temple, 16. Al Shallaleh, 17. Umm Ad Dami, 18. Um Frouth Rock Bridge, 19. Lawrence’s House.
As you arrive to Wadi Rum there are a number of locations to take notice of. The visitor centre is located directly in front of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, for which there is a walking trail that circumnavigates the monolith. From there you will continue to Wadi Rum Village where we will meet you at the Wadi Rum Rest House, a purpose built greeting point for visitors. There are two additional attractions in Wadi Rum Village. The Nabataen Temple behind the Rest House and Al Shallaleh Spring. The spring can only be reached by foot on a half hour walk.
After the village, asphalt roads end and only sandy tracks lead into the desert where there are several kilometres between each location. Therefore, a 4×4 tour is the most efficient way to explore Wadi Rum. The Red Desert Tour is available as a half or full day option and visits most of the main attractions seen on the map.
One of our most popular itineraries for visitors that want to avoid crowds and enjoy some physical activity is the full day itinerary with Umm Ad Dami ascent.
In the camp we have several books with information about the region. Included amongst these is Tony Howard’s text that explains in detail a variety of climbing and hiking trails. Additionally we have recommended walks from the camp dependent on your available time and interests.
Southern Protected Area Landscapes
In addition to the main sites highlighted on the tourist map, Wadi Rum has stunning scenery. Unlike the stops on the Red Desert itinerary, the White Desert is more of an experience of travelling through wide valleys and enjoying the picturesque landscapes. Visitors should not be misled by the lack of sights listed in the south of the Protected Area. Although less accessible, those travellers who make the effort to venture deeper often reference it as the highlight of their visit.
For visitors that have only 1 day to visit Wadi Rum, the tourist map will give you an idea of the attractions you can reach during your visit. For those that have the ability to spend multiple days in Wadi Rum, opportunities to explore the picturesque scenery on a wider scale will be possible.