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Ecrins National Park

Covering an area of 91,800 hectares in the central zone, the Ecrins National Park, straddling the Isère and Hautes-Alpes department, covers a mountainous surface ranging from 800 to 4,102 meters above sea level.


Popular with nature lovers, this vast protected territory is home to an exceptionally rich and diverse wild fauna and flora.

Chamois, ibex, golden eagles, bearded vultures, tawny vultures, owls, rock ptarmigan, ermines, hares, ocellated lizard, foxes, squirrels, marmots, and many other animals.
More than 350 vertebrate species are listed. As for invertebrates, only a fraction of the population has unveiled its their mysteries.
The conservation of this exceptional natural heritage motivated the creation of the Ecrins National Park; the heart of the park is a special protection area for bird conservation as part as the European Natura 2000 network.

On the flora side the park is not in rest; edelweiss, blue thistle, génépi, gentian ...
Territory with climates, altitudes and varied reliefs, the Ecrins National Park offers a wide variety of ecological conditions that can be adapted to many plants. It is home to more than 2,500 plant species, ranging from rugged larch steep slopes to microscopic chlamydomonas nevee!
Some plants present remarkable life stories, ranging from heirs to old farming practices (hay meadows, extensive grain crops) to high mountain explorers

The Ecrins massif is also a delight for hikers, with its many marked trails (no less than 740 km!) And for climbing enthusiasts, this territory is considered as second site for mountaineering in France


Overtures :

All year round.



05100 Briançon


Phone : 04 92 24 49 74

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Ecrin National Park center - Lautaret pass

Centre d'accueil du Lautaret - © ©PNE

Villar d'Arène

04 92 24 49 74

04 92 21 42 15

Ecrin National Park center - Lautaret pass

The Ecrins National Park Visitor Center
Entry is free of charge.
You can there see a fabulous exposition about the nature and the Ecrins National Park
Books, T.shirts, stickers are sold too

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Natura 2000 - Haute Romanche - La Grave - © @Agnes Vivat pour Natura 2000

La Grave

04 76 79 98 35

Natura 2000 - Haute Romanche

The world's largest network of biodiversity conservation.
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Better understanding for a most better protection

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