The Judean Desert offers many breathtaking views. Some of the rivers throughout the desert carry water all year and create oasis such as Nahal Arugot, Nahal Prat, and Nahal David.
The Judean Desert is close to Jerusalem and its population is relatively small. The few settlements that are there were established at its perimeter. This desert is known for its rugged landscape, which throughout history has given shelter and hiding rebels and zealots, and provided solitude and isolation to monks and hermits.
Several decades ago the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered here in a cave at Qumran. These documents shed light on the Bible and the period in which they were written.
Near this desert you will find one of the most important places for Christianity, the site of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.