Asir National Park

One of the unspoiled wilderness in the Kingdom, the Asir National Park is the first national park in Saudi Arabia with an area of around 1,600 square kilometers. An abode of over 300 species of birds, the park was opened during the last quarter of 1980.

Asir National Park Route Map

67 campsites and 45 picnic sites are marked in orange and green dots respectively in the map for tourists at the entrance of national park.

The campsites have parking and toilet facilities, piped water and concrete seats and tables. Nature trails and lookouts, play areas and hiking paths add to the interest of a tourist. Other than these campgrounds, most of the park remains a wilderness.

Asir National Park

Jabal Soodah, the highest mountain in Saudi Arabia with a height of 10,522 feet above sea level, is a part of Asir National Park. The virgin mountain ranges are masked in fog throughout the winter. This part of southwest Saudi Arabia is quite exciting that it is an entirely different face of the Kingdom.

Flora of Aseer National Park

Juniper Forests of Aseer National Park

Lush Vegitation

The far stretching juniper forests green the whole valley. The breeze lets the fresh air to sweep you cool. Asir National Park is cool throughout summer and almost freezing throughout winter. Though not regular, during winter, occasionally, it snows in the region.

Aseer National Park

A spectacular view of mountain ranges as seen from Jabal soudah which is part of the National Park. An evening at Asir National Park is worth spending time. Sweeping fogs cap the mountain ranges most of the time, especially during winter. Consider spending at least 5 hours in The National Park and try hiking through the Junipers.

Unfortunately, most visitors spend time at the peak for a scenic view of the mountain ranges below and queueing for cable cars. These are equally good though, a few extra hours should be considered to spend in the woods!

In recent times, the areas around the hiking pathways have wastes unbelievably piled up by visitors. A very pathetic sight!!! If each visitor holds the motto ““Take only pictures, leave only footprints”, I hope future visitors may have a pleasant time in the National Park.


  1. sorry to read about litter 🙁 visited in mid eighties splendid and desolate (no litter) and much simpler than described. i remember most the dozens of blue lizards and whiteness of the light … wonderful trip. warmest regards to all staff and best wishes for a pristine future. rel. st andrews fife

  2. I as Saudi student in the US at MSOE and I have speech class next Tuesday. so that, I was looking for something related to Saudi Arabia and finally I found this great page and it has a lot of information in English language and I will not even translate anything.

    thanks for everyone.

  3. I would not call that place National Park. There are a lot`s of trash. Looks horrible. The toilets are dirty, stinking and out of water. Not only people leave trash all over they are but also animal parts after they finish they barbeque. I have seen goat legs hung on a tree left after framing and cut into a pieces for a barbecue. Skin parts, trashes. It was very hard to find a good place without feeling you are sitting on a dump. I can`t understand those people. They have trash bin next to the street?! Al Sawdah is a really nice place. It would be fantastic if the government take care of this place. Clean it up, renew toilets, hire cleaning service, security, because people here don`t have any example of good behavior or habits.

    • That is a miserable sight, of course. I heard the cleaning is under way. Splendidarabia too is looking for a voluntary environmental cleaning program with participation from all nationals and nature lovers.

  4. Are there possibilities for trekking over many days. From my experience I then should prefer a good topographic map but foremost allowances to go hiking with tent. My experience of hiking includes 4 weeks in Himalaya of pakistan, one wadi north to Nitwa in Oman, Kilimanjaro when 10 years old and several trips in northern Sweden under all sorts of weather. An important aspect shall be access to fluent water. Otherwise I will be restricted to about 3-4 days during winter.

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