STELVIO NATIONAL PARK
LET’S PROTECT OUR LAND, IT’S OUR HOME
Stelvio National Park was set up in 1935 and it is one of the most extensive protected areas in Europe, stretching into the region of Lombardy and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
The widely diverse configurations and forms of the land here and the huge differences in altitude enable different ecosystems to exist side by side. The most important animals here are roe and chamois, deer, ibex, groundhogs, foxes, stoats, hares, badgers and weasels.
Many bird species nest in this area, such as rock ptarmigan, rock partridge, alpine chough, raven, woodpecker, black grouse, hazel grouse, buzzard, sparrow hawk, owl and, the Park’s very own symbol, the golden eagle. Also, thanks to a successful effort, they were able to reintroduced the bearded vulture.
The Park is also inhabited by many species of reptiles, amphibians and fish.
The hydrogeological conditions give a singular imprint to the landscape; indeed, water is the protagonist with numerous alpine lakes set among the rocks, foaming streams, thunderous waterfalls and springs of mineral and ferruginous water.
At the highest altitudes, there are snowfields and glaciers, which give way to wide alpine meadows interrupted by bushes and then woodland with spruce, larch, stone pine and, among the shrubs, the most common being mountain pine, rhododendron, juniper, blueberry and green alder.
The program of activities offered by Stelvio National Park is intended for those looking for an alternative holiday that combines sporting-naturalistic experiences with initiatives aimed at the cultural enhancement of indigenous populations. It’s a great opportunity to know more about one of the largest protected areas in Italy.
Stelvio National Park can be visited by following the many itineraries that climb along the extensive coniferous forests to the alpine meadows. Some passes connect the numerous valleys, and extensive glaciers lead us to the highest mountains from where we can enjoy enchanting views. For many years, the Alpine Guides have been operating in the park have been living in this environment, climbing these peaks and learning everything about these places.