National parks

The national parks of South Tyrol were set up by a provincial law and have the following functions: to protect the natural environment and landscape, to assist scientific research, provide information on and education about the environment and opportunities for recreation.

Besides its main objective of protecting and conserving the environment, a national park also performs the important task of helping visitors to understand nature by providing accurate, in depth information and thus giving them a greater awareness of responsible behaviour outdoors.

The aim of the national parks is to keep large areas free of tourist infrastructure and to offer the visitor authentic recreation through individual experiences of contact with nature. Traditional land use is to be kept up as far as it is harmony with environmental protection legislation. Permanently inhabited areas are included in the protected area.
Puez - Odle national park
The rocky crags, which constitute the orographic core of the Sella massif and incline northward, through the Puez and Odles ranges, has its most extreme offshoot in the Sas de Pütia. Beyond that is the rocky Luson range and the Plose massif, which are of quarziferous Filladi origin, while to the west the porphyric rocky Resciesa juts out from the Odle.
From this variety of geological structures a corresponding variety of shapes and rural aspects is derived. The typical tabular structure of the grey, uniform Puez plateau contrasts with the slender, bold shapes of the "Pizes dl Cier", Odles, Sassongher and Sas de Pütia mountains.
This geologic variability is enriched by elements of remarkable beauty such as amphitheatres, caves, natural arches, rock pinnacles and strangely eroded shapes which, as in the case of Col dala Sonê, fill visitors with admiration and awe.
Fanes - Senes - Braies national park
The mountains of Fanes circle a vast amphitheatre of rolling pastures which can be reached through the valleys. Here you will find easy but satisfying walks, from both a mountaineering and an aesthetic point of view.

You can reach the main peaks of the park very easily and the views you get at the top are spectacular. Rare elements predominate in the vast panorama. The spectacular backdrop in the distance is complemented by gentle wood-covered slopes and the valley sprinkled with houses and farms.

The kingdom of Fanes, of the mysterious Dolomite legends, has made the names of Fanes and Sennes famous, maybe even more than their interest as a rural environment has done. Without doubt, the kingdom found inspiration in the vast, rugged and animated mountain plateaux, and from its unique natural conformation determined by the abundance of karst formations. Nevertheless, if the regions of Fanes and Sennes make up the central nucleus of this park, they are very closely connected and they merge with the complex of the adjacent Braies Dolomites, to the stupendous Prato Piazza terrace, at Mt. Picco di Vallandro, in the majestic Croda Rossa mountains.
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