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 that can make your jaw drop.

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.
Sandstone was carved to make massive structures

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.

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.