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Puez-Odle Nature Park

The stone kingdom

The Puez-Odle Nature Park, measuring approx. 10,196 hectares, was founded in 1977 and was extended in 1999 to its present size. The Puez-Odle Nature Park is bordered to the north by the Erbe Pass, to the south by the Gardena Pass, to the east by the Val Badia, and to the west by the Val di Funes and Val Gardena.

The Puez-Odle Nature Park is famous for its numerous rock formations which are typical of the Dolomites. The porphyritic platform, the Werfen layers, calcareous rocks, the Schiliar dolomite, the Dachstein dolomite and the Arenaria stone of the Gardena Valley are among the most important ones. On one side the nature reserve is situated at the foot of the Odle mountain range (Sass Rigais, Furchetta), which are over 3,000 m high. On the other side it faces the Puez Plateau (Sassongher and Stevia with the Col de la Pieres 2,759 m).