High Places are sites of religious significance on high mountains or hills. There are hundreds of high places in Petra and around other Nabatean burial sites. They generally have altars, wash basins, and other ceremonial structures. Some have large cisterns for collecting rainwater. High places might have served as places of sacrifice or as sites to expose the dead to the elements so that only their bones would need to be buried (see Tombs). The hike up to high places is difficult, but the views are worthwhile.
The trail up to the high place on Madbah Mountain is just before the amphitheater. The trail up to the high place on Kubtha Mountain is between the Palace and Sextius Florentinus tombs.