The Vallée de Chaudefour
The Vallée de Chaudefour is a nature reserve located in the Massif du Sancy, in Auvergne. This nature reserve is a stunning location with incredible scenery that offers spectacular views of the famous Puy de Dôme and the Chaîne des Puys and the peaks of the Massif du Sancy.
The Chaudefour Valley in the heart of the Massif du Sancy
With an area of more than 314 hectares, the Chaudefour Valley is located at an altitude of 900 to 1,800 meters, which makes it an ideal place for nature lovers and adventurers. The nature reserve is made up of several ridges, plateaus and valleys, each offering unique landscapes. You can admire volcanic rock cliffs, hot springs, waterfalls, streams and lakes of glacial origin.
The rich flora of the Chaudefour Valley
The flora of the Chaudefour Valley are of great richness and diversity. There are more than 900 plant species, some of which are rare and protected, such as the mountain saxifrage, the ophioglossus-leaved buttercup and the fern cryptogram.
Wildlife in the Chaudefour Valley
As far as fauna is concerned, the Chaudefour Valley is home to a wide variety of animals, such as chamois, deer, mouflon, hare. You can also see more common species such as squirrels, rabbits and wild boars.
Activities in the Chaudefour Valley
Activities abound in the Chaudefour Valley. Hikes are very popular to explore the nature reserve and to admire the panoramic view of the Puy de Dôme and the Chaîne des Puys. There are also cycle paths for cycling enthusiasts and activities such as rock climbing, fishing, canyoning and caving.
The Chaudefour Valley: nature to be preserved
The Chaudefour Valley is a true natural gem in the Massif du Sancy, with its breathtaking landscapes and its incredibly diverse flora and fauna. The Chaudefour Valley is an ideal location for nature lovers and those looking to get away from city life, connect with nature, and explore the wonders that nature has to offer.