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Campsites near Rhone Alpes natural parks

With eight nature parks including two national parks, Rhône-Alpes offers endless possibilities for days out, exploring and recharging your batteries. And when you're camping you can stay closer to nature in the unspoilt countryside.

The Vanoise National Park is home to a colony of 2,500 ibex, making it the largest ibex reserve in the French Alps. The Park contains amazing old villages such a Bonneval sur Arc and the mountain hamlet of L’Ecot.

The Vanoise National Park is home to a colony of 2,500 ibex, making it the largest ibex reserve in the French Alps. The Park contains amazing old villages such a Bonneval sur Arc and the mountain hamlet of L’Ecot.

At 91,800 hectares, the Ecrins National Park is the largest of France's national parks. It contains 17,000 hectares of glaciers and a collection of summits rising to close to or over 4,000 metres (13,000 ft).

The Haut Jura Regional Park covers 1,455 km2 of the Jura Mountains at the gateway to Switzerland and Lake Geneva. This wild countryside offers opportunities to spot chamois, lynx and capercaillie. The Chartreuse Regional Park, the greenest Park, earning it the nickname "the Emerald of the Alps", is the smallest of the pre-Alpine ranges. It is home to the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, which helps to give it something of a mystical feel.

The Bauges Regional Park is an island of untouched countryside at moderate altitude (270 m to 2,200 m) situated between Chambéry, Annecy and Albertville.

The Pilat Regional Park is also at moderate altitude, rising in steps from the Rhône Valley (140 m) to the Crêt de la Perdrix (1,432 m). These mountains contain a geological oddity, the chirats. This is the local name given to the expanses of fallen rock covering the steep slopes of the Pilat. They were formed in the Quaternary period are very rare; the only other examples are found in the Appalachian Mountains.

The Vercors Regional Park, which stretches between the Drôme and Isère at the gateway to Provence and the High Alps, is a natural limestone fortress. It is home to France's largest nature reserve, the Réserve des Hauts Plateaux du Vercors, which resembles the Arctic wastes when covered in snow in the winter.

The Monts d'Ardèche Regional Park, created in 2001 on the initiative of the region's chestnut growers, covers part of Rhône-Alpes' third mountainous region, the volcanoes of the Massif Central.

Rhône-Alpes' 2 national and 6 regional parks are naturally closely involved in the National Sustainable Development Charter, which undertakes to strike a careful balance between development and environmental protection in the mountains. A sustainable housing policy, respecting the architectural heritage, preserving the landscapes and countryside, balanced energy resource and water management, raising awareness among users: these are all measures that must be scrupulously implemented to comply with the Kyoto Protocol (1998). Looking after countryside as amazing as this is a serious business!

    Natural parks

  • Parc Naturel Régional de la Chartreuse

    The park is a mosaic of landscapes in which open pastures, mountain forests, and long cliffs define the land. The nature reserve hosts fauna and flora...

  • Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors

    Le parc naturel régional du Vercors se dresse en effet entre la vallée de l’Isère au nord et le Diois au sud, présentant de tous les côtés de hautes f...

  • The Ecrins national Park

    De nombreux itinéraires dont la durée n’excède pas la journée permettent de découvrir villages de montagne, alpages, lacs et cascades, et bien d’autre...

  • Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Jura

    The beautiful town of Gex is the gateway to the Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park, an area of outstanding mountainous beauty and breathtaking valleys. ...

  • Parc naturel régional du Pilat

    Proche des agglomérations stéphanoise et lyonnaise, le Parc du Pilat attire de nombreux citadins en quête de nature authentique. Des richesses naturel...

  • Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche

    Le parc affiche des visages bien différents : entre les Boutières (zone du bassin versant de la vallée de l'Eyrieux), les Sucs volcaniques du massif d...

  • Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges

    Partez à la découverte du massif des Bauges, de ses paysages, des produits de son terroir ou de ses artisans... Et levez le voile sur toutes les actio...

  • Bauges Natural Regional Park

    It is a pre-alpine massif which is bounded by the Lake Annecy to the north, the Combe de Savoie to the east, Chambéry to the south and the ills of the...

  • Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche

    Situé sur la bordure orientale du massif central, dans le sud ouest de la région Rhône-Alpes et du département de l’Ardèche, dont il couvre près d’un ...

  • Vanoise National Park

    The massif is bounded by the high valleys of the Tarentaise and the Maurienne. The variation of the rock structure of the Vanoise and its location at ...

  • Parc National des Ecrins

    1er Parc européen de la haute montagne de part sa situation exceptionnelle, à la jonction des Alpes du Nord et du Sud, il demeure un des hauts lieux d...

  • Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat

    Think, breathe, take it all in... Go hiking in tranquill countryside with a view to forever, eat lunch on a river-bank... So many peaceful moments in ...

  • Parc National de la Vanoise

    Le Parc National de la Vanoise créée en 1963 en raison de la disparition des bouquetins est le plus ancien parc national de France. Il offre un espace...