AlUla bucket list: 4 must-try winter experiences
Calling all thrill-seekers! Here’s an adventure that will leave your heart racing…
Itching to get out and do something exhilarating? Here’s some good news for all you outdoors enthusiasts. AlUla offers new adventure and nature experiences that will have you feeling connected to the Earth and all of Mother Nature’s glory.
From mountain biking and ziplining to serene stargazing in the middle of the desert, here are four must-try winter experiences to add to your AlUla bucket list.
Ride a zipline over the mountains
For something that gets your adrenaline pumping, be a human torpedo on one of the world’s longest ziplines. Attached to a pulley, zipliners fly down a cord at rapid speed and can hit 100 kilometres per hour while enjoying the incredible scenery of the Hijaz Mountain range. The best part about this thrilling activity is that it does not require any skills – just courage!
Navigate a fun bump and pump bike track
Whether you’re looking to experience your first pump track, or you’re a seasoned rider wanting to negotiate various types of dirt jumps, this purpose-built bump and pump track at AlUla Bike Park offers hours of fun for the whole family. The layout of the loop features wooden beams that blend seamlessly with the terrain, where instructors are on hand to assist any level rider. The pump track welcomes everyone. Plus, the impressive backdrop of the AlUla mountains will make it worth your while. Shred accordingly. If you’re looking for a more laidback experience, though, the scenic viewing deck at the Bike Park is the perfect place for you to unwind.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the dunes
For those who enjoy a more leisurely ride than technical trails, the one-hour Cycling Trail offers another way to experience AlUla’s thriving landscape. All you have to do is follow the tour leader on your desert bike. Windswept sand dunes and unique rock formations are just a few of the sights you’ll uncover on this 14-kilometre trail.
A night under the stars
Stargazing is the perfect yin to the yang of daytime activities in and around AlUla. This remote spot in Gharameel desert is the perfect location for those seeking tranquillity in nature. The Milky Way sparkles in all its celestial wonder, and the brilliant mass of stars adds a fascinating dimension.
Led by an astronomy expert, you will learn about the constellations and their importance to the ancient land’s culture and history. The beautiful night sky, seen brighter against the dramatic backdrop of Gharameel’s mystical rock formations, is the ultimate way to cherish cosmic skies in AlUla. Pair your spectacular experience with a Bedouin-style camp and traditional dinner in the dunes. You will be filled with awe.
AlUla’s outdoor experiences continue to operate in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines with strict Covid-19 safety measures in place. Look out for more exciting experiences in the coming months.