Ecrins National ParcA recently designated National Park with a long history.
In 1913 the Bérarde National Park was set up by the Forestry Commission Eaux et Forêts with the impetus of mountaineers, nature conservation ngos and the French Alpine Club (C.A.F.).
The first French National Park was to see many changes before its final blueprint came into being in its current form in 1973.
This park was the fifth of its kind in France, following the Vanoise, the Port-Cros, the Pyrénées and the Cevennes.
Five other parks were set up afterwards, the Mercantour, Guadeloupe, Reunion Island, French Guiana and the Calanques.
20 years on, in 1995, the first strict nature reserve in France was set up within the Ecrins National Park entitled réserve intégrale du Lauvitel (700ha).
The Park encompasses 270,000 hectares, of which 91,800 make up the Park's protected area. The following administrative districts are involved with the Park: 2 départements, namely Isère and Hautes Alpes and, at a higher level, 2 régions, namely Provence-Aples-Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes. The Park's environmental mission comprises the dynamic conservation of biodiversity and a partnership with 61 local administrative districts (communes) to foster sustainable development in the Park's area.
Information Centre and Exhibitions
Maison du Parc à Bourg d'Oisans.
- Tél : 04 76 80 00 51
From September to June : Open Mondays to Fridays from 2pm to 4.30pm
July and August : Open daily from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 6pm.
Information desks also in St Christophe and à la Bérarde.
Rules and Regulations
A section of the Vénéon valley is classified as National Park.
This zone is subject to special regulations which require a responsible code of conduct. Dogs even if on leads, camping, camp-fires, flower picking and mountain biking are all forbidden.
These rules protect this exceptional and natural environment providing all our visitors with the guarantee that here, nature is authentic with varied wildlife such as orange lilies, chamois and marmots.