The nature park in the Sesto Dolomites is not only characterised by a rich flora and fauna, but also by the famous Three Peaks.
Since 1981, the Three Peaks Nature Park stretches from the municipalities of Sesto, San Candido and Dobbiaco to the north-eastern Dolomites, the Valle di Landro and neighboring Belluno. The most famous peaks of the nature park are the Cima Undici (3,092 m asl), Monte Popera (3,046 m asl), Cima Dodici (3,094 m asl), Monte Paterno (2,744 m asl) and of course the impressive and name-giving Tre Cime or Three Peaks (2,999 m asl). The Sesto Dolomites are part of the Dolomites and therefor a natural heritage site listed by UNESCO.
Covering an area of 11,891 hectares, the nature park is composed above all of rocks, stony ridges and debris. Nevertheless, you will see the Potentilla nitida, the Yarrow, the Crocus and the Bellflower as well as the Eurasian pygmy owl, the Tengmalm’s owl, the black woodpecker and the European roe deer. The undisputed king of the high mountains, however, is the golden eagle. There is only one larger lake in the nature park, which is the Landro Lake in the homonymous valley. Other smaller lakes are the Malga di Mezzo Lake in the Valle di Landro and the three lakes below the Three Peaks.
During World War I, the Sesto Dolomites region was the site of a fierce battle between Italian and Austrian forces for almost 3 years. Still today you might see bullet-holes in the rocks or rusty shell splinters on the grounds. The Provincial Administration of South Tyrol decided to change the name of the “Sesto Dolomites Nature Park” into “Tre Cime Nature Park” in February 2010, due to the fact that these Three Peaks are famous all over the world and represent the most outstanding symbol of the nature reserve.
Founded in: 1981
Surface: 11,891 hectares
Altitude difference: 1,961 m
Area: South Tyrol’s east, Alta Val Pusteria
Visitor centre: in Dobbiaco