Rose Valley

  • Upper end - © William Mackesy
  • Across to White Hill - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Along White Hill - © William Mackesy
  • Descent into Rose Valley - © William Mackesy
  • Following the river course - © William Mackesy
  • Looking into upper end - © William Mackesy
  • Lower end - © William Mackesy
  • River bottom tunnels, Rose Valley - © William Mackesy
  • River tunnels - © William Mackesy
  • Sunset near Goreme - © William Mackesy
  • Upper end - © William Mackesy
  • Vinyard, Rose Valley - © William Mackesy
  • Above Rose Valley, late afternoon - © William Mackesy

Key information: Rose Valley

    • A fantastic ravine turning canyon which tumbles dramatically from the Ak Tepe shoulder toward Cavusin. 
      • Wind between weird formations, climb through tunnels and down ladders, then meander through canyon-bottom fieldlets. 
        • This page is still at an early stage of development: please let us have your ideas and photos!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating98
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma35
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating98
  • Note: Neg: Tourism

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3hrs (ish)
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Upper end - © William Mackesy



A fantastic ravine turning canyon which tumbles dramatically from the Ak Tepe shoulder toward Cavusin.

You begin at the Kizilcukur viewpoint, with fabulous views over the upper reaches of several valleys as they begin life as nascent ravines in the undulating plain.

You go straight onto rock-hewn steps which get you onto the ravine floor, then you wind between weird formations below ochre and terracotta cliffs, climb through tunnels and down ladders, then meander through canyon-bottom fieldlets.

Remains abound, and you meet endless reminders that you are in a very ancient and strange place.

In the lower reaches, you may wish to cut across the low ridge that lies between the valley and the Goreme plain, itself a superb experience, especially if you follow the Goreme-facing side of the ridge south-east for a bit, taking in particularly dramatic formations and some fascinating rock-houses. Get there in late afternoon if you possibly can, for fantastic light and colours. Bigger views than you get from the valley bottoms.

This is a mildly strenuous 3 hours or so.

See our Cappadocia page for further detailed information on the area.

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