Rendez-vous at the Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrenees
At the heart of the Pyrenees, just south of Toulouse, this natural regional park of 620,000 acres is spread out around Foix and Saint-Girons, in Ariège.
Created in 2009, the Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrenees comprises of the high valleys and summits located at the borders of Ariège and Andorre. These peaks reach an altitude of almost 10,000ft, such as those of Mont Valier, the Pic de Montcalm, and the Pica d'Estats.
The park also extends onto the Pyrenean foothills of Ariège and the Plantaurel region with its Mediterranean plant life.
With its diverse hills and environments, hikers will thoroughly enjoy this natural park, travelling towards Mont Valier or the Étangs de Bassiès lakes.
Additionally, everyone can enjoy the many valleys and pastures, forests and pathways. 38 remarkable viewpoints are just a 20 minute walk away, such as the Col de la Core mountain pass, the Balacet orientation table and the Rocher du Lauradou Orus Rock near Auzat.
The Natural Regional Park of the Ariège Pyrenees holds a unique prehistoric heritage in Europe. A must-see: the ornate caves of Niaux and Mas d’Azil, which feature among the Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées, a collection of the top destinations in the Mini-Pyrenees.
These caves also belong to the “Ariège, 14,000 years of history” collection, with the Montsegur and Foix chateaux, and also with the cities of Saint-Lizier and Mirepoix.
The park recommends you book a stay in one of the many gites or guestrooms belonging to the “Accueil du Parc” network.
From there, view and admire all the local plants and wildlife on show. The Park itself contributes to the protection of several local species: the Pyrenean chamois, the bearded vulture, the wood grouse, the Pyrenean Lily...