Created in March 1973, the Ecrins National Park covers 61 communes in two départements, namely Isère and the Hautes-Alpes. It consists of 7 deep, main valleys, the Champsaur, Valgaudemar,Valbonnais, Oisans, Haut Briançonnais, Vallouiseand Embrunais.
The heart of the Park is a high-mountain area with a complex structure, featuring summits, ridges, rock faces, ice-clad northern faces, scree slopes, short-grass pastureland, lakes, fast-flowing streams, waterfalls, mountain huts, shepherds huts and a network of paths constantly under threat and tirelessly maintained. And indeed, it is these paths that enable hikers and climbers to explore this unspoiled natural area, of great interest for the diversity of its plant and animal life. A lesson in humility, the Ecrins National Park first and foremost embodies immaterial values that underpin mankind’s relationships with preserved nature and great landscapes.
Oisans is a land of high peaks, deep valleys, glaciers and scenery of untamed beauty. It gives the national park its character and status as a European high mountain park.
In 1995, the first reserve in a French national park was created in the famous Lauvitel site, comprising 700 ha of mountainside completely protected from any visitors or use, except for scientific monitoring, making it a vast reference sample of Alpine nature. The Véneon valley is the deepest valley in the massif, leading mountaineers and visitors into the heart of the mountains, following in the footsteps of the pioneering Gaspards, Turcs andRodiers, who symbolise mountain climbing and the opening up of Oisans to exploration and tourism.
Park regulations are designed to preserve the considerable heritage value of this exceptional area. Please comply with them.
Bourg d’Oisans visitor center
The Maison du Parc is the ÉcrinsNational Park visitor centre situated in Bourg d’Oisans and open to the public yearround:
- July / August: every day from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 3 to 6.30 pm.
- Rest of the year: from 9 to 11am and from 2 to 5pm, except Friday afternoons, weekends and public holidays.
In summer, you can also find information about the Park in Venosc, Saint-Christophe, La Bérarde, Bourg d’Oisans Museum and the Maison des Alpages.
The visitor centre has a permanent picture-based display that will give you more information about the Ecrins National Park, its missions and diversity.
A reading room has also been created for children, containing books and games.
In summertime, meetings with park wardens are organised in various locations.
Last but not least, lecture evenings are organised by the Park wardens or partners on topics related to exploring the environment.
For more information and details of the event schedule of the Maison du Parc in Bourg d’Oisans, contact:
Maison du Parc National des Écrins – Rue Gambetta – 38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans