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Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park, camping in a diverse land

Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura
Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura


Since 1986, the protection and management of the natural, cultural and landscape heritage has been one of the missions of the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park. It covers three departments (Jura, Ain and Doubs) and two regions (Franche-Comté and Rhône-Alpes) and although it is a mountainous area, it is rich in contrasts and one can go from a landscape of large forests to another of rivers, mountains or charming villages. The more sporty will not fail to explore this natural setting on foot, on skis or on mountain bikes. Camping is one of the best ways to discover the area.

Haut-Jura campsites

Camping to discover the Haut-Jura is, beyond the accommodation, a lifestyle in perfect harmony with the site. Waking up facing the mountains, on the edge of a lake, in a meadow, or on the edge of a forest, is possible thanks to the many campsites that welcome you most of the year. We recommend Le Martinet *** campsite in Villars-Saint-Sauveurs, located on the riverbank and 17 km from the Haut-Jura Regional Park, which offers canvas bungalows and chalets. The Huttopia *** campsite in Divonne-les-Bains where you can sleep in the middle of nature a few kilometres from Lake Geneva and enjoy a heated pool.

Places to discover

The ski resort of Les Rousses invites you to discover the lake of Lamoura, the highest lake in the Jura, situated at 1154 metres. Ideal for all those who are looking for sporting sensations, the village of Lamoura is in the heart of a preserved nature, with an abundance of fauna and flora for a peaceful holiday. Les Rousses is the first ski resort to have obtained the Flocon Vert label. In winter, you can enjoy a ski area of about 50 kilometres with slopes ideal for the whole family. In addition to its warm atmosphere and its peaks which offer exceptional landscapes, the 200 km of runs reserved for Nordic skiing make it one of the most important areas in the country. In the summer, the resort offers many activities, such as hiking, climbing, swimming, canoeing and paddle boarding (at the Lamoura or Les Rousses lakes) far from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts and crowded beaches.

The highlands of the Hautes-Combes are full of surprises. In summer and winter you can enjoy amazing activities such as sleeping in a teepee or a yurt or going out to meet bison or reindeer. The Hautes-Combes are also forests filled with huge spruce trees at over a thousand metres high, ideal for hiking or mountain biking. You can also explore the Crêt Pela, the park's highest peak at 1545 metres, the highest in the Jura. In winter, cross-country skiing is mainly practised here in the area known as the Espace nordique jurassien. The Haut-Jura resorts also offer snowshoeing trips to take in the scenery, as well as dog sledding trips that are fun for the whole family.

The Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park extends into the Ain with the pretty spa town of Divonne-les-Bains and the winter and summer sports resort of Monts Jura. A place where nature is generous with the highest peaks, in the nature reserve of the Haute-Chaîne du Jura. Close to Switzerland and Lake Geneva, Fort l'Écluse in the commune of Léaz is a fortified military work from the 16th and 17th centuries. Built on a mountainside, it was almost entirely rebuilt in the 19th century. Built in a classified area of almost 2000 hectares, Fort l'Écluse also hosts exhibitions as well as concerts and plays. Finally, go to the terraces of the upper Fort (after climbing 830 steps, it is worth it!) to discover the adventure trail and its interactive visit, where a monkey bridge, balance games and a "Tarzan jump" are offered to the youngest and aerial zip lines and other climbing crossings for their more daring parents!

On holiday, the pleasure also goes through the taste buds and it is while criss-crossing the Haut-Jura massif that you will certainly not fail to feast on AOC cheeses such as Bleu de Gex, renowned for its blue-veined paste, with its subtle and creamy taste, Morbier, made from cow's milk, which is recognisable by its ashy line, or Comté, the first AOP cheese in France

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