Opened in 2013, the new Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center, is set on the northern cliffs of the Ramon Crater, and tells the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature. The Ramon Crater is the world’s largest makhtesh, and whilst rumor often states that it was created by a collision with an asteroid from space, it was in reality created by water erosion.
The view of the Ramon Crater from the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center
The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center offers interactive exhibits explaining the natural processes which led to the creation of the makhtesh (which is over 40km long at its widest point). It also offers interesting information about the plant and animal life who live in what might be assumed to be a barren and inhospitable region. Aside from the makhtesh, the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center also serves as a museum and memorial for Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut who died in 2003 when the Shuttle Columbia disintegrated when re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.
Explanations about the geological processes which formed the makhtesh
The Ilan Ramon exhibition forms part of the new visitor center for Makhtesh Ramon, yet it alone is worth visiting. A tour takes around 1 hour including the section about the Makhtesh
Visiting the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center
The visitor center combines the exhibits to Ilan Ramon, and those about the makhtesh, and a visit takes around one hour.
Summer – 8:00 to 17:00. Fridays and holiday eves 8:00 to 16:00
Winter – 8:00 to 16:00. Fridays and holiday eves 8:00 to 15:00
Entrance one hour before closing time listed above