Wadi Mujib is located to the east of the Dead Sea and is fondly known as the Grand Canyon of Jordan. It is part of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, which is the lowest biosphere in the world. Wadi Mujib is known for its stunning gorge hiking within the reserve. It is very popular with those looking for an adventurous activity in Jordan.
Wadi Mujib opened April 22nd for the 2023 hiking season.
Wadi Mujib Information
When most people say “Wadi Mujib” they are referring to the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail, a seasonal hiking trail along the river in between towering sandstone cliffs. However, there are also several other hiking trails in the Mujib nature reserve.
The Wadi Mujib biosphere reserve is a large area of land that has several rivers flowing from the nearby mountains giving it year round water supply. It spans over 200 square kilometers. These rivers all run off eventually in the Dead sea. It is home to over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and several species of birds.
Wadi Mujib Visitor Center
Wadi Mujib is located South East of Amman and about an hour’s drive depending on where you are coming from in Amman. The Wadi Mujib Visitor Center is located on the Jordan Valley Highway on the east coast of the Dead Sea. It is about halfway along the Dead Sea, so much farther than the Dead Sea Hotel area. Take HWY 40 until it becomes HWY65 (Jordan Valley Highway) near the Baptism site. Stay on the Jordan Valley Highway past the Dead Sea Hotel area and past the Main Hot Springs.
Things to do in Wadi Mujib
- Hike the many trails
- Visit Ma’in Hot Springs Resort
- Spend the night at the Mujib Chalets
- Marvel at the Dead Sea
Wadi Mujib Hiking Trails
Wadi Mujib Siq Trail
The most popular hike, and arguably the most thrilling, is the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail. Offering some of the most unique hiking in Jordan, the Siq Trail takes visitors up a narrow canyon between towering sandstone cliffs. It is a little over 1km long and ends at a waterfall. This popular Jordan hike is seasonal and closed in the winter (usually April 1st to October 31st) but often opens late if there are heavy spring rains.
You must be 18 to do this hike and it requires a significant amount of upper body strength as ropes and ladders are used to climb throughout the water.
You will get wet and you will likely find yourself fully submerged in the water. Leave everything except a go pro in your car. They do offer locker storage as well.
How to Get to Wadi Mujib Jordan hiking trail:
This trail is located near the Dead Sea at the Mujib Biosphere Adventure Center.
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Where to Stay in Wadi Mujib
WADI MUJIB CHALETS – The Wadi Mujib chalets are the closest place to stay to the Wadi Mujib Visitor Center. Opened in April 2008, the Mujib Chalets feature 15 double rooms with some of the best Dead Sea views along the coast. Each chalet has an uninterrupted sea view, shaded sun terrace, air conditioning, private shower, and toilet. They are an ideal place from which to explore the unique landscape of the Wadi Mujib biosphere reserve or enjoy the medicinal properties of the Dead Sea. The chalets open all year round.
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DEAD SEA SPA – Dead Sea Spa is the most economical choice for a nice hotel on the beach and is located in the hotel area of the Dead Sea, just north of the Wadi Mujib visitor center. The pools are nice, the staff is friendly and the rooms are good. They have a small waterpark for kids and a larger waterslide, perfect if you are traveling with a family. The Dead Sea Spa has a good chunk of beach access with mud for guests. There are showers right by the Dead Sea to shower off or get water or mud out of your eyes (trust me it stings) and there are a few pools for swimming and lounging. They have evening entertainment on the outside deck and guests can opt for a breakfast only room, or breakfast and dinner options.
MOVENPICK DEAD SEA – Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea offers luxurious infinity pools and modern rooms. It is also located in the hotel area of the Dead Sea, one of Jordan’s best beaches. It boasts 20 acres of gardens and a massive spa. It has 9 restaurants and bars and features wifi inside and outside. It offers beach access to float at the Dead Sea as well as a kids club. It offers packages with breakfast and breakfast and dinner.
KEMPINSKI ISHTAR DEAD SEA – Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is also one of the most beautiful properties on the Dead Sea. It is also located in the hotel area of the Dead Sea. Its pools offer ultimate relaxation and views of the Dead Sea below. It is exceptionally clean and staff are friendly. It offers beach access for guests to float.
RAMADA DEAD SEA – Ramada Resort Dead Sea is an economical option at the Dead Sea, but it is not located on the beach. It is a nice hotel, rated as a 4 star. It has two pools, one of which is heated in the winter. There is a shuttle that runs all day that will take you to a private beach. You can also walk if you do not mind. If you are visiting on a budget, this is probably your best option, but compare it to the other 4 star properties. It is also located in the hotel area of the Dead Sea.
HOLIDAY IN DEAD SEA – Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea is one of the most economical options to stay at the Dead Sea. The one downside to this hotel is that it is located across the street from the Dead Sea so it does not have direct beach access. For the price, I personally think you are better off with the Dead Sea Spa. It is also located in the hotel area of the Dead Sea.
MA’IN HOT SPRINGS RESORT – Ma’in Hot Springs Resort is an oasis offering an outdoor pool and a spa situated directly under a hot spring waterfall. It is about 15 minutes from the Wadi Mujib adventure center. It offers 5 star amenities and an experience you can have no where else in Jordan.
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Lindsay fell in love with Jordan when she first visited in 2016. She now goes back every year to explore more of this special place. Lindsay is also the owner of Amman Food Tours, a social enterprise that is women-owned and hires local female guides. This project provides meaningful employment for women in Amman.