The forests on the Entoto Mountains are important in many ways to Addis. Besides being the primary source of wood for fuel and building, they are an enclave of quiet. Ethiopia's famous runners challenge themselves here, running up and down the steep mountain side as part of their training. Residents of Addis often come up to Entoto to sit and picnic or to chew chat.
The Entoto Natural Park can also be found here, and although quite undeveloped as yet, it is hoped that it will be a conservation area in which it will be possible to spot some of Ethiopia's wildlife.