A little geography…
The Vercors Regional Natural Park stands between the Isère valley, to the north, and the Diois, to the south. Its high white cliffs are interspersed with roads and passages of varying degrees of ruggedness. Created in 1970, it covers 205,806 hectares. The altitude varies between 180 and 2453 metres. Nine tenths of the surface of the mountain range is made of thick slabs of white limestone. Erosion has produced spectacular landscapes: gorges, slender peaks known as “needles”, and vertical rocky cliff faces.
A natural paradise
This exceptional environment is home to unique fauna and flora, which it is the park’s mission to conserve. More than 80 protected plant species have been listed, for example the Lady’s Slipper, the Bear’s Ear Primrose or the Wild Tulip. 135 species of nesting birds have also been identified, such as the black grouse, the emblem of the park, and 65 species of mammal. The Vercors in one of the few mountain ranges where the six large wild ungulates of France are found: chamois, red deer, roe deer, mouflon (mountain sheep), wild boar and ibex.
A major economic player
The Vercors Park is an extraordinary natural environment, but also a living land and great place to live and work. It covers 85 communes and has 53,000 residents. One of the park’s aims is to maintain an active economy, whilst developing harmony between people and the environment. So it promotes agricultural practices which respect the environment, and supports the sale of local products. It was one of the main influences in obtaining the AOC label for Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage (blue cheese).