Colored Canyon - Sinai Desert

Colored Canyon -  Sinai Desert

If you decide to go to the Colored Canyon, you’re in for quite a trip! The Canyon acquired its name due to its amazingly colored sandstone walls that flaunt unimaginable degrees of warm colors, like yellows, reds, whites and all the shades in-between.

To get there you’ll head out from Nuweiba/font> towards the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, through Nakhl, for about 15 km (10 miles) till you reach the oasis of Ain Furtaga. Then you will take the track through Wadi Nekheil till it leads you to the Colored Canyon.

Once you are on the somewhat uphill Wadi Nekheil track, keep going for about 12 km (7.5 miles) till you find yourself on a spot overlooking a wide erosion valley. At that point you’ll have to park and continue your journey on foot.

Once on foot, you’ll climb down a very precipitous path cut into the side of the scarp that’ll lead you to the floor of the valley. As you go along the valley, it’ll get more and more constricted, till it becomes a very narrow canyon, reaching a width as tight as 1 meter (a yard), with walls as high as 50 meters (165 feet).
amazing Colored Canyon in Sinai Desert
The tightest part of the canyon is also the most spectacular; taking about 700 meters (2,300 feet) in length, and quite rough to pass through, so you better be in good shape!

A little advice, if you have drivers taking you there, it would be good if they waited for you at the other end of the canyon to pick you up, otherwise you’ll have to walk all the way back through the canyon to where you left the cars.

Please note the hike requires a reasonable level of fitness. This tour is not recommended for large people or those suffering claustrophobia, as you will pass through narrow passages during the hike. This tour is not recommended for the elderly, those with heart conditions or other serious illnesses.

Last Updated on Wednesday 22nd December 2010