Hiking Petra: Desert Heights, Archaeological Sites

You can’t help but feel a little “Indiana Jones” when hiking into Petra. The ancient city, carved out of sandstone walls in the desert of Jordan, is the stuff of adventure travel fantasy, a “wonder of the world”-type site that can make your jaw drop.

Sandstone was carved to make massive structures

I’m in Jordan for a week to test gear from Columbia Sportswear and other brands as well as hit up a few adventure sites.

More Petra images are on page 2 of this post.

Today, my group set out to explore Petra, including a few miles (8 – 9 miles) of hiking, climbing small peaks in the park, and, of course, snooping into dozens of the world class ruins. Here are a few photos from the “Indiana Jones” action.

—Stephen Regenold

Structures carved into sandstone dwarf hikers at Petra

Hiking the high desert on an alternative route into Petra

A few miles in we find this gem

Map of Petra

Approaching the Treasury (a slot canyon funnels visitors to the site)

The famous Treasury structure

On the trail in

Take a look inside…

More Petra images continued on next page. . .

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.