The Dolomites are 18 beautiful peaks located between Alto Adige and Trentino. A number of exquisite resorts are here for those who come to ski and snowboard in the winter, along with hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer, the Dolomites offer unique hiking experiences in a nice expanse of wilderness.
There are many protected parks in the Dolomites that house some amazing views of natural wonders, along with a number of interesting museums. Throughout many hikes there are viewing platforms to get great panoramic views and shots of the surrounding landscapes.
Adamello Brenta Natural Park
The Adamello Brenta Natural Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the Dolomites with a variety of hiking paths for all levels. It is the largest area in Trentino that is protected and contains 80 lakes.
The Adamello Glacier is in this park, which is one of the biggest ones on the continent. A large variety of animals live in this area, including brown bears.
The Bletterbach Gorge in the Dolomites has been formed over the past 18,000 years by weather and erosion. The layers of the rock are easily visible, the same as it has been for millions of years. It’s important because it has given insight into the climate of the world long ago.
There are hiking trails going out to this natural monument, along with organized outings for those who want to learn more about these natural processes and have a hands-on experience.
Queen of the Dolomites
Throughout the Dolomites, there are a number of refuges for hikers to stay in. The Marmolada area, also known as the Queen of the Dolomites, is home to the highest peaks around, and contains a few choices of refuge.
The Capanna Punta Penia Refuge is the highest one of the mountains and was built back in the 1940’s. It used to be a military building, but an Alpine guide turned it into a refuge.
9 sites in this World Heritage
- Pelmo-Croda da Lago
- Pale di San Martino San Lucano – Dolomiti Bellunesi – Vette Feltrine
- Dolomiti Friulane e d`Oltre Piave
- Dolomiti Settentrionali Cadorine, Sett Sass
- Puez-Odle / Puez-Geisler / Pöz-Odles
- Rio delle Foglie
- Dolomiti di Brenta
Pelmo-Croda da Lago
Pale di San Martino San Lucano – Dolomiti Bellunesi – Vette Feltrine
Dolomiti Friulane e d`Oltre Piave
Dolomiti Settentrionali Cadorine, Sett Sass
Puez-Odle / Puez-Geisler / Pöz-Odles
Rio delle Foglie
Dolomiti di Brenta
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