Since 1970, the Natural Regional park of the Vercors has remained true to its ambition: protecting and promoting the assets of the area, sustaining economic life, developing a harmonious relationship between man and his environment....
The guarantee for Villard de Lans/Corrençon to live in the heart of preserved and generous nature!
A fauna and flora both rich and untamed
The Vercors has a very special geographical situation: from Isère to the Provencal Drôme, it covers 186,000 hectares, of which 100,000 hectares are forest. Its altitude varies between 180m and 2,341m, offering no resistance to varied climatic influences from the North and East (continental and alpine), the South (Mediterranean) and the West (Atlantic).
The result? A fauna and flora of unusual richness and diversity! The Vercors hosts 150 species of birds and 72 species of mammals, including the 6 large ungulatesthat are present in France (chamois, deer, roe deer, mouflon, wild boar and ibex), a rare occurrence in Europe!
And vegetation is not left out: no less 1,800 species attract naturalists, botanists and nature lovers from all backgrounds. Because in the Vercors, we don’t want to keep thismultitude of nature to ourselves: 3,000km of marked trails have been created by the park so everyone can undertake their own adventure.
Park of the Vercors photo gallery
Gateway to the largest Nature Reserve in France
The Nature Reserve of the Hauts Plateaux in Vercors represents 10% of the mountain range. At the heart of this protected area, there are about 15,000 sheep and cattle in transhumance, 1,800 plant species, of which 80 are protected, as well as 60 species of wild orchids.
The programmes of animal reintroduction established in the parkare bearing fruit: in recent years, ibex and wild vultures have reappeared.
Feel likeexploring the area in complete safety? Climbing boots, snowshoes or hikingskisand binoculars at the ready, take the GR91 or the Grandes Traversées du Vercors (skiing, on horseback or mountain bike) and cross the reserve safely with an experienced professional guide!
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Did you know?
Chosen by Christian Caron (film director), the Vercors was the setting of the film ‘Une hirondelle a fait le printemps,’ which recounts the life of a Parisian woman who relocates to the Vercors to become a farmer (Mathilde Seigner), and the film ‘Papillon’ by Phillippe Muyl, with the main roles in both films being played by Michel Serrault.