The Parc Ela is the largest nature park in Switzerland. It lies in a diversified landscape around the Albula, Julier and Septimer passes and offers original nature, intact villages and a living culture in Romanic, Italian and German. The nature park municipalities cooperate in strengthening the regional economy, protecting nature and landscape and preserving the cultural heritage.
The Septimer, Julier and Albula are three historically significant north-south alpine passes lying inside the Nature Park. There are also over 50 minor passes where winding paths lead over rugged ranges into other valleys. A pass connects and supports cultural exchange. Be it Roman cart tracks and pillars, medieval castles, baroque churches, hotels from stagecoach times or historical villages, they all testify to the rich pass history.
The extraordinary cultural richness of the Parc Ela lies in the wide variety of nature. The landscape changes continually from the lowest point in the Schinschlucht (745m) to the summit of Piz Kesch (3418m). The Nature Park offers gentle hedgerow country, floral dry grasslands, rugged gorges, untouched pine forests, barren landscapes with glaciers and mountain lakes, views of high summits and an unusual variety of plants and animals.
There are 850 kilometres of trails, theme paths and guided walks where you can experience the biological, cultural and geological diversity of the park.
Either in the Park on at home, discover the Parc Ela with its interactive app.