Mountains and Nature


The region is abundant in high plateaus, abrupt peaks, nature parks, ski resorts and a vast array of lakes and expanses of water. 

The Vercors, Belledonne, Oisans and Chartreuse mountains are all vastly different and invite you on a journey of contemplation and discovery, in summer or winter. You can enjoy walks and hiking, skiing, mountain biking, outdoor activities... Simply choose your activity and head off into the great outdoors. 

There are many conservation areas and locations brimming in charm and character to be discovered thanks to three nature parks. They are home to remarkably diverse flora and fauna. 

Chartreuse Nature Park houses a mosaic of landscapes with open mountain pastures, high-altitude forests and long mountain tops. Walking and hiking is the favoured activity and many itineraries with orientation tables and information points are marked out. 

Located between Gap, Grenoble and Briançon, Les Ecrins Nature Park is surrounded by the Romanche tributary to the north, the Guisane and the Durance to the east and the south, and the Drac to the west. 

This is a high-mountain area with over 150 summits in excess of 3,000 metres, including the Barre des Ecrins which reaches 4,102 metres. 

The Vercors Regional Nature Park spans a total of 186,000 hectares between the Isère Valley to the north and the Diois to the south. This natural limestone area has been shaped by the water passing between its mountains, and is thus home to some of the most famous deep caves and chasms in Europe. 


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