The Vanoise National Park

The Parc national de la Vanoise is France's 1st national park. A haven of peace, far from pollution, come and discover the wealth of fauna, flora and landscapes: ibex, chamois, bearded vultures, marmots...
At Bonneval sur Arc, the Vanoise National Park adjoins Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park. Together, they form an immense protected natural area.

Ibexes in their natural environment at Bonneval sur Arc

Protected fauna and flora

Enchantment and emotions, it's the Vanoise National Park!
Enjoy this haven of peace, far from any pollution, appreciate the calm, the silence, the pure air. Discover this remarkable environment accompanied by a park ranger or a mountain guide, and learn more about the fauna and flora.
Embellish your mountain vacation journal with photos of marmots, ibexes, lakes, snow-covered peaks and... blueberry pie eaten on the terrace of a refuge!

The Park celebrates!

Vanoise National Park celebrates its 60th anniversary


In 2023, the Vanoise National Park celebrates its 60th anniversary. All summer long, numerous events, outings and workshops will be organized in Aussois and throughout Haute Maurienne Vanoise. This anniversary is an opportunity to look back on the road travelled since the Park's creation, to discover or rediscover its riches, to meet the professionals who work for and in the Park...

Find out more about the Park's 60th anniversary

1st French National Park

This protected area, most of which lies within the Haute Maurienne Vanoise territory, was founded in 1963, thanks in particular to Gilbert André, then mayor of Bonneval sur Arc. The central zone, known as the "heart", is a protected area with regulations that promote the biodiversity of landscapes, environments and species, and preserve the cultural and mountain heritage.

In a few steps, you are in the heart of the first national park of France. Together with the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park, they form one of the largest protected areas in the Western Alps. But what does it matter what you say? The important thing is to open up a territory of rare experiences. A breathtaking landscape between peaks, lakes and deep valleys. An incredible diversity of flora and animals in their natural environment that you can approach, marmots, ibex, chamois, bearded vultures...

Mountaineering, hiking, fishing in altitude, real moments of wonder in the mountains to share.
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The park is home to twenty glaciers, more than 100 peaks above 3000 meters, 600 km of trails, forty refuges ... and forms, with the Italian National Park of Grand Paradiso (14 km of common border), the largest protected area in Europe.

The Parc National de la Vanoise, an essential part of the Vanoise environment. Bonneval sur Arc