Makhtesh Ramon - Nature Reserve and Visitors Center


Meet Makhtesh Ramon – Nature Reserve and Visitors Center

The Visitors Center offers an experience combining the life story of the Israeli astronaut, Col. Ilan Ramon, while enabling visitors to become familiar with the largest makhtesh in the world and its unique natural phenomena.

Make sure you get in – Reserve now

Reserving your visit through the reservation system ensures a spot on the date and time you’ve requested; you’ll also receive relevant updates for your planned visit.

To reserve a visit – click here

Please note: There is a fee for parking. You can park for free in the Hai Ramon parking lot.

Ramon Visitors Center

The makhteshim, looking like enormous basins opened up among the Negev ranges, are a natural phenomenon which is unique in the world. The 40-km long Makhtesh Ramon is the largest and most impressive, and visitors are provided a glimpse of the magic and secrets of the desert.

As you stand on the rim of the makhtesh, the beautiful and impressive desert scenery is spread out before you. However, it is recommended not just to settle for a wonderful view, but to actually get into it – to go down into the makhtesh, to learn its pathways and unique sites close up and to enjoy the “window” which it opens into the ancient geological worlds of fossils, colorful sands, volcanic rocks, and more.


Makhtesh Ramon – Nature Reserve and Visitors Center

Useful Information
Opening Hours

                                        Entrance to the visitors center is by reservation only. Museum entrance closes one hour before time cited below                                    
Summer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00

Visits may be reserved outside of regular hours at an additional fee for groups of 30 visitors or more.

Contact us
Phone: ‎08-6588691 Email: Fax: ‎08-6216859 Instagram of Nature and Parks Authority
What else is there

Information station, observation platform, souvenir shop, nearby restaurant

Getting there
​​How to get there

Address: 1, Ma’ale Ben Tor. Drive along Road 40 on the section between Be’er Sheva and Eilat, follow the signs at the entrance to Mitspe Ramon.

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Entrance fees Campground Fees
Type Fee
Adult ₪ 28.00
Child ₪ 14.00
Adult in group ₪ 24.00
Child in group ₪ 12.00
Student ₪ 24.00
Israeli senior citizen ₪ 14.00
Type Fee Remarks
Tent camp – adult ₪ 75.00
Tent camp – child ₪ 65.00
Tent camp subscription – adult ₪ 53.00
Tent camp subscription – child ₪ 45.00
Tent camp – student ₪ 60.00
Group leaders’ room ₪ 350.00
אדם ₪ 16.00



When the sun goes down, the magic begins

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