The PeakVisor guide to Puez-Odle Nature Park in the Dolomites, Italy

Puez-Odle Nature Park is a protected area located in the Dolomites of northern Italy that consists of three mountain groups: Puez, Odle, and Peitlerkofel.

The main feature of Parco Naturale Puez-Odle is its breathtaking landscapes and diverse geology.

There are 82 named mountains in Naturpark Puez-Geisler. The highest and the most prominent mountain is La Furchёta (3,025 m / 9,924 ft).

Outdoor writer Ivan Kuznetsov
Ivan Kuznetsov
Outdoor writer from the Dolomites, Italy, and Karelia, Finland

— Puez-Odle Nature Park was established in 1978. It is located in the province of Bolzano / South Tyrol in the Trentino-Alto Adige / Sudtirol region in Italy. At the same time, it is part of the Western Dolomites subregion.

The park is one of the ten nature parks in the Dolomites, alongside Tre Cime Nature Park, Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, and Bletterbach Geopark, among others. You can find the list of all parts in the guide to the Dolomites.

At the same time, Puez-Odle is the most famous park in South Tyrol, which has seven other natural parks, including Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park, Monte Corno Nature Park, Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park, and Stelvio National Park, among others.

The total area of the nature park is 10,722 hectares (26,494 acres), which was extended in 1999 from the original territory to include the Rasciesa area in the municipality of Ortisei. The maximum elevation difference with the valleys, which surrounds it from all sides, and the peaks of the park is 1,499 m (4,917 ft).

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Text: Ivan Kuznetsov

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