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The Upper Jura Regional Nature Park

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With a surface area of around 165 000 hectares, Upper Jura Regional Nature Park covers the three departments of Ain, Jura and Doubs. Its highest point is the Crêt de la Neige peak, at an altitude of 1 720 metres, in the department of Ain.

A series of wonderful landscapes full of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, mountain pastures, forests and villages lies in store for the delight of nature-lovers and hiking fans.

In the Jura, the Flumen gorges between Saint-Claude and Septmoncel; the Chapeau de Gendarme, a natural curiosity made of limestone layers shaped like an old policeman's hat; the wonderful Lamoura lake and the Les Rousses ski resort, are among the places to be discovered.

In the Doubs département, do not miss a walk in the Mouthe valley, covered with forests and prairies, which is notably where the Doubs River has its source. In Chapelle-des-Bois, the Michaud House heritage museum, housed in a 17th-century farm, recounts the life of the farmers over the last centuries.

Ain offers magnificent natural sites which are well worth a trip: the Faucille Pass, Mount Rond, Colomby de Gex, the site of Fort l'Écluse, the Crêt de la Neige and Crêt de Chalam peaks and the Valserine Valley are just some of the places you can discover on foot. At the Monts Jura winter and summer sports resort you can practise a number of outdoor activities, such as cross-country and Alpine skiing, hiking and mountain biking, golf and downhill luge.

Travelling through the Upper Jura Massive is also a chance to enjoy the local specialities, like famous Jura cheeses such as Comté, Bleu de Gex and Morbier, and visit one of the many fruit farms in this area.

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The Upper Jura Regional Nature Park

Cret de la Neige ( © Jean Espirat )
Cret de la Neige ( © Jean Espirat )
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Crete Northeast Grand Colombier Culoz ( © JE)
Crete Northeast Grand Colombier Culoz ( © JE)
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Crete southwestern Grand Colombier Culoz ( © Jean Espirat )
Crete southwestern Grand Colombier Culoz ( © Jean Espirat )
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Panorama from the Grand Colombier Culoz ( © Jean Espirat )
Panorama from the Grand Colombier Culoz ( © Jean Espirat )
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Summit Colomby de Gex ( © Jean Espirat )
Summit Colomby de Gex ( © Jean Espirat )
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Plateau and chapel Retord ( © Jean Espirat )
Plateau and chapel Retord ( © Jean Espirat )
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Plateau and chapel Retord ( © Jean Espirat )
Plateau and chapel Retord ( © Jean Espirat )
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Plateau Cuvéry ( © Jean Espirat )
Plateau Cuvéry ( © Jean Espirat )
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High Valserine ( © Jean Espirat )
High Valserine ( © Jean Espirat )
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Lac des Rousses seen from the South Rim ( © Jean Espirat )
Lac des Rousses seen from the South Rim ( © Jean Espirat )
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botanical rarity in the Massif du Grand Colombier ( © JE)
botanical rarity in the Massif du Grand Colombier ( © JE)
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Panorama of Lake Red Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
Panorama of Lake Red Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
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North side of Red Lake Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
North side of Red Lake Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
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South Side of Lake Trout Reds ( © Jean Espirat )
South Side of Lake Trout Reds ( © Jean Espirat )
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Red Lake Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
Red Lake Trout ( © Jean Espirat )
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Village Thévenins, in the municipality of Lac-des- Rouges- Trout ( © JE)
Village Thévenins, in the municipality of Lac-des- Rouges- Trout ( © JE)
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Lake red trout ( © Jean Espirat )
Lake red trout ( © Jean Espirat )
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Cascade of the Reach of Ruin - Foncine -le-Bas ( © JE)
Cascade of the Reach of Ruin - Foncine -le-Bas ( © JE)
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Cascade of the Reach of Ruin ( © Jean Espirat )
Cascade of the Reach of Ruin ( © Jean Espirat )
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Cascade of the Reach of Ruin ( © Jean Espirat )
Cascade of the Reach of Ruin ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorges Langouette views of the bridge ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorges Langouette views of the bridge ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorges Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
Grande cascade Langouette ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Boardwalk -en -Montagne ( © Jean Espirat )
the Boardwalk -en -Montagne ( © Jean Espirat )
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Church boards -en -Montagne ( © Jean Espirat )
Church boards -en -Montagne ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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in the flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
in the flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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Syam - Palladian Villa ( © Jean Espirat )
Syam - Palladian Villa ( © Jean Espirat )
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Syam - Forges ( © Jean Espirat )
Syam - Forges ( © Jean Espirat )
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Syam - Forges ( © Jean Espirat )
Syam - Forges ( © Jean Espirat )
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Syam - Fountain in the courtyard of the forges ( © JE)
Syam - Fountain in the courtyard of the forges ( © JE)
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Forges de Syam ( © Jean Espirat )
Forges de Syam ( © Jean Espirat )
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terminal Cascades losses Ain ( © JE)
terminal Cascades losses Ain ( © JE)
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Ponds and waterfalls end views from above ( © JE)
Ponds and waterfalls end views from above ( © JE)
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Waterslide exit losses Ain ( © JE)
Waterslide exit losses Ain ( © JE)
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Ponds exit losses, seen from above ( © Jean Espirat )
Ponds exit losses, seen from above ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
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Basin terminal in losses Ain, viewed from above ( © Jean Espirat )
Basin terminal in losses Ain, viewed from above ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorge upstream from the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gorge downstream of the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
Gorge downstream of the bridge on the losses of the Ain ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
element flora of Upper Jura ( © Jean Espirat )
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