Welcome to Timna Park
Located in the center of the Edom Valley, in the Arava, approximately 25 km north of Eilat, Timna Park is considered one of the largest parks in Israel. The Park spreads out over an approximate area of 70,000 dunams (larger than Tel Aviv!) and is home to spectacular geological sites and formations which can be explored by foot, bicycle, and car.
The recently opened Visitors Center illustrates the importance of the Park’s geological, historical, and archeologic sites, using advanced technological features. Sites display archaeological remains of ​​Solomon’s Pillars, the Arches, the Chariots, the famous Mushroom Rock, the Temple of Goddess Hathor and the "Hill of the Slaves" which offer visitors an exciting opportunity to ‘travel back in time’ to an era in which the world's most ancient copper mines operated in Timna, thousands of years ago.
The Park has recently undergone a ‘facelift’, placing it in line with national parks abroad.  In addition to the Park’s historical and scientific importance, Timna also offers unique recreation options, combining ancient times with modern accommodation and leisure facilities. The new, upgrade Timna Park, opens its gates to visitors of all ages, adults, children, science and nature lovers and sports addicts, offering them an exclusive and experiential vacation with educational benefits, among unparalleled breathtaking Genesis views.

More than 6,000 years ago, in the late fifth millennium B.C.E., man began to extract metal and use it for his own needs. Copper was the first metal, and for thousands of years even the only one, that was significantly used by humans. In a long and difficult process, ancient man learned where to look for minerals that contain copper, how to mine them, how to extract metallic copper from them and how to make tools and objects from them.
This process took place in different parts of the world and at different times, however the world’s oldest copper mines were found here in Timna Park. The remains and testimonies tell the story from its inception with all the difficulties, failures and successes, and are reflected in artifacts and offerings, engravings and rock paintings, tombs and archeological evidence discovered at the residential and craft sites. These tell the story of the social and economic background and outline the cultural and spiritual world of the miners for their generations.
Evidence of copper extraction activities in Timna was first discovered in 1845, piles of slag - the "industrial waste" of copper smelting. In 1940, researcher Nelson Glick dated most of the mining and extraction of copper in Timna to the tenth century B.C.E., the days of ruling under the British mandate, and believed that these were King Solomon's mines. A systematic archeological study was conducted in and around the Jordan Valley from the year 1959 onwards by the Arava expedition led by Professor Benno Rothenberg, who emphasized that most of the mining was performed during the Egyptian era. Modern research tells us the story of copper mining and production, from the first human attempts to extract metal from the rock in the Chalcolithic period (3300 - 4500 B.C.E.) through the development of knowledge and methods of mining and production from generation to generation, until the cessation of activity in the early Arab era.