Rendez-vous in the Chaudefour Valley Nature Reserve
The Chaudefour Valley Nature Reserve
The Réserve Naturelle de Chaudefour is one of three glacier valleys of the Massif du Sancy, and is well-known for its Alpine flowers and for its two pointed dikes (Dent de la Rancune and Crête du Coq). It is one of Auvergne's loveliest U-shaped valleys.
It became a nature reserve in 1991 as a way of protecting its plant and animal species. Indeed the combined effects of its altitude (between 1,150 and 1,854 metres), the sloping hills and the exposure of these slopes, together with well-maintained agro-pastoral practices, have given rise to highly diverse environments and a location of great ecological importance.
The valley was created about 600 000 years ago, from the partial destruction of the Sancy volcanic range. The valley has been through several ice ages and today, many streams flow from the Chaudefour cirque and converge into the Couze de Chaudefour River before flowing into the Chambon Lake.
In summer time, many guided visits are organised and the Maison de la Réserve, open in July and August, displays a free exhibition about the reserve.
Departing from the maison de la Réserve, many marked trails enable visitors to discover this protected area. In order to maintain the ecological balance of the reserve, to protect the plants and animals and not to disturb the animals, visitors are asked to stay on the marked paths.
ContactOffice de tourisme du Sancy Tel : +33 4 73 65 64 00