HaMinsara, also known as The Carpentry or The Sawmill, allows seeing a unique phenomenon inside Makhtesh Ramon. Let’s begin exploring!
Note: you can find additional information about this area in Mitzpe Ramon and Makhtesh Ramon.
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HaNagariya (“Carpentry Shop”) – a concentration of prism-shaped stones. The prisms are the result of the “baking” of the sandstone in the high temperatures caused by fiery lava erupting from the depths of the earth. The great heat transformed the rock which, when it cooled, created thousands of polygonal pillars, and these broken pillars form the “Carpentry Shop.”
Source: Makhtesh Ramon – Nature Reserve and Visitors Center’s official site.
HaMinsara is located close to Ammonite Wall (about 5km from Mitzpe Ramon). When driving on road #40, you will see a sign to HaMinsara. If you follow this sign after approximately 1.5 km, you will reach small car parking. From the parking, there is a wooden path.
Map of the area:
Here is a detailed map from the brochure provided at Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center.
Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.
Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il where the trail is marked:
The length of this trail is about 600 meters. And the sum of the total climb and descent is 54 meters.
HaMinsara in Hebrew means sawmill. This place is called a sawmill since the stones look like pieces of wood.
Here are several photos from the first part of the trail:
The sandstone in this area went through a high-temperature metamorphosis. After high heating and cooling down, the sandstone cracked into hexagonal shapes.
This circular route takes about half an hour. HaMinsara is a competently open place, i.e., free entry and no visiting hours. But, keep in mind there is no artificial light. Meaning that visiting during the daytime is recommended.
If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. This nice short trail allows seeing an interesting phenomenon. And if you are looking for nearby attractions, check out Mitzpe Ramon and Makhtesh Ramon.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.