Gran Paradiso National Park is located between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, in the north of Italy. It was the first national park established in the country, and the establishment was based on the protection of the ibex, which was a prime target for hunting. Today, the national park protects many different species of flora and fauna. It is common to see marmots and eagles in the park.
The park is named after the mountain Gran Paradiso, located in the park area. This peak is 4061 meters. It is the only italian mountain higher than 4,000 meters. From the summit you can see both the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
The Gran Paradiso National Park wilderness
It is the wilderness that is the beauty of the national park of Gran Paradiso. It contains magnificent mountains and valleys, glaciers, forests, flowers, meadows and streams. A part of the park is used for agricultural purposes and vacation activities.
The National Park wildlife
The area can be visited all year round, and a dense network of trails winds through spectacular scenery. Especially in spring, you can meet the local wildlife. Ibex and chamois are coming down into the valley in search of the first new grass.
The area visitor centers are helpful with information and trip planning, paths to follow, etc. This is useful, in order to get the most out of the visit. The most popular activities in the park include hiking, climbing and skiing.