Colored Sands in Big Crater (HaMakhtesh HaGadol)

Colored Sands in Big Crater

In Big Crater, you can find colored sands. It is not only the place where kids can fill bottles, but it is also a starting point for tracks.

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Map

Colored Sands is located about twelve km from Yeruham, inside HaMakhtesh HaGadol (Makhtesh Yeruham). And while driving from Yeruham on road #225, you will see a sign pointing to the left.

Sign to the Colored Sands on road #225

If you are driving from Yeruham, consider making a stop at Mount Avnon Lookout.

Interactive map of the area:

And here is a photo of a map of the HaMakhtesh HaGadol:

Map of HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Map of HaMakhtesh HaGadol

You can see the colored sands to the right of the map.

Opening Hours

Always open. But keep in mind there are no artificial lights.

Entrance Fee

Free.

Parking

As you exit road #225, you will see large and free parking.

Parking
Parking

What can you find at Colored Sands?

At colored sands, you can find parking, picnic tables, and of course colored sands. Moreover, this can be the starting point for the hikes to the small fin or the big fin (ridges that received the name due to the similarity to a fish fin).

Note: if you are interested in how the big crater was created then read Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center. Makhtesh Ramon, the big crater, and the small crater are all erosion craters.

At Colored Sands

Tip: when visiting with kids, many people bring small transparent bottles. Then child fill the vessels with layers of different colored sand.

Colored Sands in the Big Crater
Colored Sands in the Big Crater

We had a small bottle and both my daughters were busy for an hour.

Colored Sands in the Big Crater
Colored Sands in the Big Crater

The original plan was to hike to the small fin, but as I learned the hard way there is no celular reception. Even when I climbned to the top of one hills, I could not get a signal. Thus, if you want to hike in the area, bring a paper map.

Parking and the starting point of the trails
Parking and the starting point of the trails

Here are additional photos of the colored sands:

Colored Sands
Colored Sands
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Inside the Big Crater
Inside the Big Crater
Inside the Big Crater
Inside the Big Crater
Colored Sands in Big Crater
Colored Sands in Big Crater
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Colored Sands
Colored Sands
Colored Sands
Colored Sands
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol
Colored Sands in HaMakhtesh HaGadol

Summary

Colored Sands in the Big Crater is a lovely place, and I recommend making a stop there. And if you visit with kids do not forget to bring a transparent container. Moreover, you can make a picnic or start hiking from this point.

There are many attractions in this area, and you can explore them using the interactive map above. And also check out the post about HaMakhtesh HaGadol.

Have you visited Colored Sands in Big Crater? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
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Lev Tsimbler

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