Ecrins National Park

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Initiated by mountaineers, naturalists and forest workers, the first steps of its creation go back to 1913. The Ecrins National Park was officially created on 27 March 1973. Its charter, co-written with local partners, is based upon suggested excursions, the welcoming of visitors and educational initiatives.
This territorial project accompanies economic activities while at the same time respecting the natural environment.

Heritage

Culminating at 4102 meters at the top of the Bar des Ecrins, it is regarded as the European park of tall mountains. Its valleys form marked landscape and cultural identities: Oisans, Valbonnais, Briançonnais, Vallouise, Embrunais, Champsaur and Valgaudemar. Its astonishing diversity in vegetation is a result of great altitude deviations and the conjugation of climatic influences of the Alps and the Mediterranean. Valleys, mountain pastures and peaks are home to all the fauna of the mountains.
The ibex has been reintroduced and the golden eagle seems to be thriving, while the grouse hangs on, at high altitudes, endangered mainly by evolutions of the climate.

Carte Parc national des Ecrins

The national park in a nutshell

Ecrins National Park
Domaine de Charance
05000 Gap
Tél. :+33(0)4 92 40 20 10

Chiffres clés

Date of creation

27 March 1973

Location

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes Regions in the Hautes-Alpes (05) and Isère (38) departments

Heart of the National Park

92 000 ha

Additional surface

141 000 ha