Just north of the Dead Sea atop a rocky mountain sits the desert fortress of Masada.
Surrounded by steep cliffs and breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and the Judean desert, the isolated flattop rock of Masada blends in to the burnt-orange desert landscape.
Masada holds so much history and archeological wonder, it is amazing to stand atop this mountain and revel in the history before you!
Herod and his engineers built a dam in the valley below Masada so that reservoir water could be transported up to cisterns in the fortress.
If you are going to hike the paths, take plenty of water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and start the trail in the early morning before the heat of the day.