Similar to the more famous Valley of the Kings, from above ground this valley looks rather unimpressive—a rocky, sun-baked valley scattered with simple stone entrances that lead into the tombs. Like at the Valley of the Kings, the intend here was to hide the entrances of the tombs to preserve them from looters so all of the decoration if found underground;
however, the builders here were no less successful in hiding these tombs over the millennia than they were at the Valley of the Kings. None of the tombs were found intact, but some of the decorations are impressively preserved.
Many tourists do the opposite and never visit this valley after seeing the tombs at the more famous site. Like at the Valley of the Kings, only a handful of the over 75 tombs that have been discovered here are open for visitors at any given time. The most impressive of all of them is the Tomb of Nerfertari, favorite wife of Ramesses II.