A natural jewel
The Ecrins National Park is above all an area where nature is protected, and the centre is only accessible on foot. 350 species of vertebrates live here, including the marmot, ibex and golden eagle, the emblem of the park. As for flowers and plants, 1800 kinds have been recorded.
A great place for walking
With its 700 km of paths, the Park is also the ideal setting for hiking and mountain biking, alone or with friends and family. There are many trails which take less than a half-day, enabling you to explore mountain villages, Alpine meadows, lakes and waterfalls. People who like long hikes can try the great classic trails such as the Tour du Vieux Chaillol, the GR54 or a section of the Via Alpina. You can also go on hikes lasting several days as there are refuges and gîtes along the way.
Find a guide
For guidance, do not hesitate to contact the Park rangers, guides and escorts. You will find their contact details, as well as all sorts of very useful information, at the various Maisons du Parc (visitor centres).