The nature park, named after the Odle and Puez mountain groups, extends from Val Gardena to Alta Badia.
Image gallery: Puez-Odle Nature Park
Right at the heart of the Dolomites you will find the Puez-Odle Nature Park around the famous Odle Group. Covering an area of 10,722 hectares, it extends to the municipalities of Badia, Corvara, San Martino in Badia, Funes, S. Cristina, Ortisei and Selva in Val Gardena. The nature park reaches an average height of 2,500 m asl and features an outstanding natural scenery.
Moreover it boasts all those kinds of stones, sediments and weatherings that are oh-so typical for the Dolomites. The well-known Zannes nature trail at the end of the Val di Funes is South Tyrol’s first wheelchair accessible nature path. The 14 interactive stations make you discover the natural and cultural landscapes of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. The golden eagle, the chamois, the European roe deer and the alpine marmot are representative of fauna in the protected area.
The rich variety of local flora is outstanding and comprises the Putia spruce trees and the larch forests close to “Halsl”. However, Swiss stone pines can be found in the area around the Sass de Putia. The vegetation of the mountain meadows and pastures includes in spring the spring pasqueflower, the alpine snowbell and the Crocus, while during the summer months you can see Lamiaceae and Scrophulariaceae. In the higher regions, the edelweiss, the Alpine aster and the bellflower flourish. In the Puez-Odle Nature Park you can also admire the spotted gentian with its light colours as opposed to the blue gentian.
Founded in: 1978
Surface: 10,722 hectares
Altitude difference: 1,499 m
Area: Val Gardena, Val di Funes, Alta Badia
Visitor centre: in Santa Maddalena in Val di Funes