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ÉCRINS NATIONAL PARKa protected paradise

ÉCRINS NATIONAL PARK

Get away from it all in Les 2 Alpes and set off to discover an unspoilt natural environment!
From the entrance to the Écrins National Park, wind along one of the many hiking trails, take part in a white water activity on the turquoise glacial Vénéon river or stroll along the narrow streets of a mountain village.

Status of Trails in the Ecrins Valleys

Press Release from the Ecrins National Park Authorities – Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“Following the floods on June 20 and 21, assessments of the trails were conducted this past weekend and Monday by the National Park teams. Information is still coming in; therefore, this status update for the Ecrins valleys is temporary and will evolve in the coming days.

Most routes remain passable, but a general call for caution is issued. Restoration work began very quickly and the situation is expected to improve overall by early July. For your information, the Embrunais valleys were not particularly affected by the floods and remain fully accessible.

A CALL FOR CAUTION ON ALL TRAILS MANAGED BY THE NATIONAL PARK
The National Park urges the public, and especially hikers, to exercise the utmost caution when using the trails. In this week following the storms, the situation on the ground remains complicated due to trail instability, higher than normal stream flows, and the risk of thunderstorms as forecasted by Météo France. The situation is also exacerbated by heavy snowfall at higher altitudes, especially at the mountain pass crossings.

A GRADUAL RETURN TO NORMALCY EXPECTED BY EARLY JULY
The situation is expected to return to normal in terms of flooding (https://vigilance.meteofrance.fr/fr/pluie-inondation).
After the exceptional communication put in place urgently to ensure the safety of hikers, it is now time to consolidate the assessment on the ground and to communicate about the possibilities of trail use.

This week will be dedicated to progressively securing the areas and establishing communication for hikers and tourists to clarify the possibilities of outings in the national park. We will update trail condition information as frequently as possible.

Additionally, the Departments and municipalities are working diligently to restore and secure road access and infrastructure under their jurisdiction.

  • Information on roads in Isère: https://www.itinisere.fr/fr/infos-route/140/TrafficInfo
  • Information on roads in Hautes-Alpes: https://inforoute.hautes-alpes.fr/www/index.html”
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The Écrins National Park

Between the Northern and Southern Alps, the Écrins National Park is one of France’s 10 national parks, located in one of the highest massifs in France, with over 150 summits at an altitude of over 3,000 metres.
It’s a protected site for mountain wildlife: chamois goats, ibexes, wolves, golden eagles, bearded vultures, griffon vultures, owls, rock ptarmigans, ermines, mountain hares, marmots…
You’ll also find over 2,500 plant species, including 40 rare or threatened species.
The area is home to more than 740 kilometres of hiking trails ranging from short family walks to expeditions that take several weeks.

 

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Waterfalls

Lakes

Venosc, a gateway to the Vénéon…

Venosc, a traditional village with its cobbled streets and artisans.

Take part in white water activities on the turquoise Vénéon river: rafting, hydrospeeding, hot dogging…

Petit Village De Venosc Veneon
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