Rapa Rosie, Sebes

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Râpa Roșie is a protected area, a natural monument of national interest in Alba County, Romania. It is a geological and botanical reserve, located in the extreme southwest of the Secaşelor Plateau on the right bank of the Secașul Mare, about north of Sebeș. With a size of approximately 24 hectares, the reserve is classified as IUCN Category III. Erosion and runoff has given it a prominent, sharp rocky appearance in the mountainside. Râpa Roșie itself measures approximately 10 hectares in size. Râpa Roșie stretches over a length of. Its height measures between 50- . A huge wall, almost vertical, gives the impression of a ruined ancestral monument. Tiered columns and pyramids, separated by ravines, form a badlands microrelief. The first report of a Coţofeni culture find at Râpa Roşie was made by Fr. W. Schuster in 1865. It was the first archaeological exploration made by him which revealed remnants of large and small pottery that had ornamentation, which also attested to the Coţofeni culture.
Râpa Roșie is a geological reserve and a natural monument with unusual red bed features. Assessing the geological age of the formations has been a daunting task as no fossil remains had been found in the past.
The geological monument has been called a "natural wonder". Its walls rise to a height of 80-100m. Rock formations are naturally carved with very unusual shapes of columns, towers and pyramids formed over centuries of erosion by rainwater. Study of the feature has revealed geological formations of gravel, quartz sands, and sandstones. The deposits are distinct "succession of red clays, grey and reddish soap-stones, friable white soap-stone." They all exhibit a reddish colour. Deep ravines are formed and during the rainy season the water flowing in the deep ravines is in the colour of the formation that is red; as the water falls into the ravines it makes a roaring sound. Râpa Roșie River flows in the vicinity.
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  • I remember having been in America and visiting Bryce Canyon which of course left me breathless (metaphorically) but I never imagined that we had a similar Bryce like canyon in my home country so of co...  more »
  • (Red Ravine in Romanian) is located 4 km from Sebes. A dirt road leads into this nature reserve. The conformation of this reddish-coloured rock contrasts with the colour of the vegetation. It stretches for 800 meters and its height varies between 50 and 125 meters. Really bizarre and even more striking at sunset.
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  • A million year old place ...marvelous for having a walk and picknick.
  • Lovely place for picnic right in front. I suggest taking the trail to the top. It starts from the meddow and then to the right as you look at the Ravine. Get at the end of the military shooting range and then scramble a bit through the bushes. You are on the eastern side of the ravine. From there, in a short but steep hike of about 15 minutes you'll be on top. Above, there are untouched meadows sprinkled with oak trees and tall grass. There is a way coming don aprox at the middle of the ravine so you don't need to go all the way down to the far west side. That trail ends up right in the heart of the ravine on which most of the visitors come up on (main trail). This whole circuit can take up to 2-3 hours in an easy walk.
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