In Trafoi all’Ortles and Fragges near Stelvio, there are two game reserves, where red deer can be observed in their natural habitat.
Image gallery: Red deer enclosures in the Val Venosta valley
On the road to the Passo dello Stelvio mountain pass, near Trafoi all'Ortles (Trafoi am Ortler), there are the beautiful Three Holy Fountains - "Hl. Drei Brunnen" in German, "Tre Fontane Sacre" in Italian -, a pilgrimage site with a long history and an interesting legend. The chapel with the three fountains is located near the Rio Madriccio brook in the heart of the spectacular Stelvio National Park. And right here, in 2006 a red deer game reserve was inaugurated, so if you are lucky and a patient observer, you can see these majestic animals in their natural habitat.
Red deer are considered to be rather shy and in our civilisation they transformed from a diurnal into a more nocturnal animal. For this reason, it is rather hard to get to see these animals during the day, above all on hot summer days with people around. By the way: chamois and red deer live in large numbers also in the Stelvio National Park.
The second red deer enclosure "Fragges" can be found just a few km away in Stelvio. It is named after the hamlet of Fragges, which is - just as Trafoi - part of the municipal area of Stelvio. A beautiful 2-hour hike starts directly at the game reserve and leads up to the Rif. Forcola mountain hut at 2,153 m a.s.l. And how to reach the red deer enclosures? A road takes you to shortly before the Three Holy Fountains, parking is available. From there, it's only a walk of a few minutes to the chapel or the game reserve. Also Fragges can be reached on an asphalted road.
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