Écrins National Park

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Écrins National Park
Parc national des Écrins
IUCN category II (national park)
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Location Isère and Hautes-Alpes, France
Nearest city Briançon
Gap
Grenoble
Coordinates 44°51′21″N6°15′49″E / 44.85583°N 6.26361°E / 44.85583; 6.26361 Coordinates: 44°51′21″N6°15′49″E / 44.85583°N 6.26361°E / 44.85583; 6.26361
Area925 km2 (357 sq mi)
Established27 March 1973
Governing bodyParcs nationaux de France

Écrins National Park (French : Parc national des Écrins, pronounced  [paʁk nɑsjɔnal dez‿ekʁɛ̃] ) is a French national park located in the south-eastern part of France in the Dauphiné Alps south of Grenoble and north of Gap, shared between the departments of Isère and Hautes-Alpes.

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Borders of the park and principal summits, towns and rivers

It rises up to 4,102 m (13,458 ft) at the Barre des Écrins and covers 925 km2 (357 sq mi) of high mountain areas, with high peaks, glacier fields, glacier valleys, alpine pastures, subalpine woodlands and lakes. It attracts up to 800,000 tourists annually. The park has been awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas.

Its borders mostly correspond to these of the Massif des Écrins, delimited by the main valleys of rivers Drac, Romanche and Durance (with its Guisane dependency). Écrins National Park covers the territory of the following communes: Ancelle, Aspres-lès-Corps, Bénévent-et-Charbillac, Besse-en-Oisans, Buissard, Chabottes, Champcella, Champoléon, Chantelouve, Châteauroux-les-Alpes, Chauffayer, Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans, Crots, Embrun, Entraigues, Freissinières, L'Argentière-la-Bessée, La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar, La Grave, La Motte-en-Champsaur, Lavaldens, Le Bourg-d'Oisans, Le Monêtier-les-Bains, Le Périer, Les Costes, Les Infournas, Les Vigneaux, Mizoën, Mont-de-Lans, Orcières, Oris-en-Rattier, Ornon, Oulles, Pelvoux, Prunières, Puy-Saint-Vincent, Puy-Saint-Eusèbe, Puy-Sanières, Réallon, Réotier, Saint-Apollinaire, Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Saint-Clément-sur-Durance, Saint-Eusèbe-en-Champsaur, Saint-Firmin, Saint-Jacques-en-Valgodemard, Saint-Jean-Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur, Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes, Saint-Maurice-en-Valgodemard, Saint-Michel-de-Chaillol, Savines-le-Lac, Valbonnais, Valjouffrey, Vallouise, Vénosc, Villar-d'Arêne, Villard-Notre-Dame, Villard-Reymond and Villar-Loubière.

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