Ein Bokek (the main Dead Sea hotel resort area) is an excellent starting point for a bike ride in the Sedom Mountain area of the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth. The biking routes near the Dead Sea are well signposted and because they follow the dry river routes, they are very bright and suitable for a night ride as well (on a full moon night of course).
Dead Sea Cycle Route
If you head south along the beach from Ein Bokek, you will see the region’s single gas station ahead of you, about 2 Km south of the last hotel. Cross the road west of the gas station (after climbing about 300 meters on route 31) and enter the valley just west of the Sedom Mountain rising clearly to your left.
The Sedom Mountain is made of dark salt stone while the valley is bright. After about half a kilometer you will see a map showing all the cycle paths. Use the valley route on your way out to the south along the green, then the red paths. On your way back try to follow the blue then black paths.
This route will require you to climb a bit when turning back after about 12 Km, but it is also worthwhile to climb a bit more eastward to a view point overlooking the Dead Sea.
A full round will be around 30-40 Km.
The desert colors and stone shapes are very beautiful, the road is suitable for children, but do not underestimate the dangers of the desert. Ride early and take a lot of water as it may be very pleasant in the morning and once the sun is up, it becomes terribly hot and dry. The caves in the salt rocks are amazing, but it is strictly forbidden to crawl into them.
See also our Dead Sea Cycle Photos