National park

The first nature park created in France, the heart of the park is a natural, protected space spanning 53,000 hectares with no enclosure. It was founded in 1963 to protect the wild life, to welcome visitors and to help with local development.

The Park lies in the high mountains (1,250 to 3,855 m) with Grande Casse as the highest point. 600 km of looked-after and signposted pathways and about fifty refuges are available to everybody.

The natural boundaries are: the Tuéda Nature Reserve (created in 1990), the high valleys of Arc and Isère and, in Italy, the Ntaional Park of Grand Paradis.
More than a quarter of the Commune of Allues is found in the park or Nature Reserve of the Tuéda Plan.

The Nature Reserve of the Tuéda Plan extends from Lake Tuéda to the Glacier of Gébroulaz, passing by the refuge of Saut. Please note: the Saut refuge was reopened following two years of work.
The park can only be accessed by foot: departure from Lake Tuéda in Méribel-Mottaret – 2 hours 30 minutes of easy walking to the Refuge of Saut (which marks the entry to the heart of the park).
This entry is defined as a glaciological route allowing you to discover how the landscape was shaped. It continues behind the Refuge of Saut up to Col du Soufre (6 h– a total climb of 900 metres). A guide book will provide explanations linking up to the markers placed along the route (for sale from the Park cashier from the Vanoise information point of the House of the Tuéda Plan Nature Reserve).

  • Protected area, the centre of the park is governed by rules affecting public access. To protect it as best as possicle, we ask that you respect certain rules:
    follow the footpaths,
  • do not pick fruit, insects or animals,
  • do not disturn the peaceful wild life by making noise or getting too close,
  • do not camp out or light fires, take all your rubbish with you,
  • do not complete overhead sports or mountain biking.

Nature deserves respect at all times!

Free entertainment will allow you to disocver the Park’s heritage:

  • a visit with commentary of the exhibition and a presentation on the Ntaure Reserve and the Ntaional Park every day at 3 p.m. in July and August (free entertainment).
  • Exchange evenings, Monday evenings, present the chance to meet guides-monitors. After showing a film or diaporama, the evening continues with an open discussion with the public.
    At the Salle des Pléïades (Olympic Park) – free entry.
  • The free day “L’Estive”, available from the Tourist Office and the reserve house, presents the different elements of this protected area and provides information and dates on refuge caretaking.

You must book the refuge with the watchmen.

For all Information:

  • Information point at the House of the Tuéda Plan Nature Reserve – 04 79 01 04 75
  • Free of charge for exhibition on Swiss pine and the biodiversity of the reserve – Free entry

Please note: dogs are prohibited in the Nature Reserve and in the National Park (except right near to the banks of River Tuéda, up to the plan refuge,on the footpaths where they must be kept on a lead).


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