A wide range of explorations in any season
The sheer diversity of landscapes and itineraries make Lans-en-Vercors absolutely ideal for walking and hiking. You can go hiking all year round here, either alone or with a guide if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Whether you’re an experienced walker or not, with your family or friends, hiking may be an activity that is accessible to all, but our mountain professionals are on-hand to accompany you and guide you on your escapades. They guarantee a safe outing and can help you discover the wealth of our heritage.
All year round, the hiking trails are fully marked and maintained: Chemin du Patrimoine, Bec de l'Aigle, Croix de Jaume, Gorges du Bruyant, Col de l'Arc, Ramées and Les Allières plateaus; etc. Some trails can be accessed all year round, others are marked-out specifically for snowshoeing in winter. The trails in and around Lans-en-Vercors will lead you up to an elevation of 1,700 m for some exceptional panoramic views.
Via Vercors: the first greenway in the mountains
For an outing off the beaten track, use the Via Vercors. This is the first greenway in the mountains and motorised vehicles are not permitted to use it. This route is an original way to explore Lans-en-Vercors and the nearby villages. The little rural paths will lead you from village to village, to discover farms and landscapes from a unique perspective.
Don’t hesitate to call upon the mountain professionals for a guided hiking or snowshoeing outing.
Hiking in the Alpine pastures
Some of the hiking areas in Lans-en-Vercors and in other towns across Vercors Regional Nature Park also serve as summer grazing pastures for thousands of sheep. Pastoralism is an ancient practice that numerous families in Vercors still make a living from.
Since the wolf made a return to Vercors, the herds are looked after by guard dogs (often Pyrenees mountain dogs, locally known as the Patou
). Make sure you give the herd a wide berth and stay calm to let the dog identify you.
You can also check out the map of the Vercors Alpine pastures
and the advisory documents for exploring the mountains in your tourist office.