The nature park covers an area of 31,320 hectares and borders the famous High Tauern National Park.
Image gallery: Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park
The Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park has more glaciers than any other nature park in South Tyrol. It borders the High Tauern National Park and the protected area Zillertaler Hauptkamm (372 sqkm) - all together cover an area of 2,741 sqkm and form thus the biggest nature sanctuary in all of Europe. The area of the nature park includes the municipalities of Campo Tures, Gais, Perca, Rasun-Anterselva, Valle Aurina and Predoi. In the East the protected area is bounded by the Passo Stalle and the Austrian border, in the southeast by the Valle di Anterselva and in the South by the Val Pusteria.
Its characteristics are displayed in the abundance of waterfalls such as the Riva waterfalls and the Pojer Waterfall, streams and lakes. At the end of the Valle di Anterselva you will find Lake Anterselva, a real natural treasure and the third biggest natural lake of South Tyrol. In 2003, the trail around the lake became a nature adventure path with 16 interesting stations.
The Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park is rich in animals and plants, such as the golden eagle, the alpine marmot, the chamois as well as the European roe deer and the red deer. Representatives of flora, however, are the mountain arnica, the golden hardhack and the Anemone. Numerous hiking trails allow you to experience nature and the area round the impressive mountain peaks Collalto e Collaspro at first hand, while the “Valle di Rio Mollino” nature trail above Gais takes you on a journey through time.
Founded in: 1988
Surface: 31,320 hectares
Altitude difference: 2,610 m
Area: Val Pusteria and tributary valleys
Visitor centre: in Campo Tures