Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolimites


The Park was created with the consent of the General Assembly of the Regolieri (family heads). The Veneto Region has entrusted the management to the Community of the Ampezzo Regole “in consideration of the specificity of the ancient forms of environmental management, which have preserved and protected the Ampezzo natural heritage for centuries”. The creation of the Park has greatly enhanced cultural and scientific activities as well as promoted Ampezzo lands and culture.

The protected area takes the shape of a wedge, with two lateral branches, and borders with the Upper Adige Park of Fanes, Senes, and Braies to the North. The lands of the Park are homogeneous, as far as soil management is concerned, since there are neither dwellings nor sports facilities for alpine skiing. This fact enormously facilitated zoning, which only distinguishes areas devoted to silvan-pastoral activities – including herdsmen's huts and forests subject to standard forestry management – and nature reserves. The latter are found in the most pristine and valuable areas include 9 integral nature reserves and 11 oriented nature reserves which cover 25% of the protected area. The Park has been recognized as a site of community importance by the European Community.

Access routes for visitors are many and varied: dozens of forest roads and trails branch off the main roads leading to Falzarego, Cimabanche and Tre Croci passes. The total network exceeds 300 kilometres. Among tourist routes are also 8 vie ferrate and 6 trails equipped for support, some of which follow the remains of mountain roads from World War 1.

11 mountain rifugi lie within the Park or close nearby. On Lagazuoi, Tofana, and Cristallo mountain groups, lift facilities are available in summer to allow easy access to altitude, whereas public transport shuttle service is available along the road to Malga Ra Stua, in the Croda Rossa group .

 

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