Open to the West and bordering Italy, the park is made up of high mountains peaks, like the famous Mont-Viso. Legendary passes such as the Col d’Izoard and Col Agnel test Tour de France riders to the fullest. The larches blaze here in autumn and the forest is covered in snow in winter. Not surprisingly, timber is an economic resource here, used for construction and for making furniture and toys. Le Queyras’ remarkable architecture differs from one valley to the next, particularly with the fustes [log chalets] in Molines in Saint-Véran or the arched farms in Arvieux.
Ptarmigan, marmots, golden eagles, and the iconic black grouse live in Le Queyras sheltered from the urban world. It is a haven for mammals like badgers, foxes and mountain hares. More on the bird front, it includes upland species like, alpine chough, northern wheatears, nutcracker and snow finch. Birds of prey are abundant including two owls, the pygmy and tengmalm’s.
Enchanting, Le Queyras is one of the rare forgotten paradises of the Alps.