Hiking in the Land of the Nabateans

Petra Redux: The Gear Junkie visits Petra, Jordan’s acclaimed ancient treasure

The Gear Junkie on a hiking trail above the fabled Treasury in Petra.
The Gear Junkie on a hiking trail above the fabled Treasury in Petra.

In January of last year, I visited the splendid Nabatean site of Petra in Jordan, and just about a year ago, I finally wrote this blog post both about my brief experience and also what experts view as a threat to this major archeological site and tourist draw. I was captivated by what I saw, even in a few short hours on a day trip from Eilat, across the Israeli border. Even after I returned, I looked at maps and read guidebooks and learned that those with more time could actually go hiking in Petra. The Gear Junkie, Steve Regenold’s adventure/sports/travel site, did just that — and here, roughly a year after my Petra post, is his report, “Hiking Petra: Desert Heights, Archaeological Sites.” I enjoyed revisiting it through his eyes and hope you do too.