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Les Contamines-Montjoie

Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Contamines-Montjoie


74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie

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About Us

Welcome to the Contamines-Montjoie Nature Reserve!

Forest, mountain pastures, torrents, rocks, glaciers come together to offer us the fragile but sublime balance of mountain nature.
The Nature Reserve covers the left side and the bottom of the valley when you arrive in the village.
This protected area of ​​5500 ha offers peace and tranquility. Classified as a "Natural Reserve" to preserve it from developments that often destroy landscapes and natural environments, this territory is a rare gem where you can discover nature that is still preserved.
Take the time to contemplate and experience its many facets: lakes, mountain pastures, cliffs, glaciers. Appreciate its varied fauna and flora, where chamois, ibexes, black grouse rub shoulders with gentians, rhododendrons, etc.
Natural environments are fragile, wildlife sensitive to disturbances, help us by giving them your full attention.

Preserved nature… for us and our children
The Nature Reserves are among the very rare spaces in Haute-Savoie where nature has remained “intact”. Let's take advantage! Let's taste the silence, gather impressions and be curious… but let's not forget that the regulations of the nature reserve remind us that nature is sensitive everywhere, let's respect it!

Further information :
Let's tether our dog for the tranquility of wildlife.

Let's not pick flowers, let's not collect fossils, to allow everyone to admire them.

We take away our waste to keep the place clean.

Let's not camp or make a fire so as not to leave traces of our passage. Bivouac areas are available to us at places called La Rollaz and La Balme.

Avoid noise and the practice of any activity likely to disturb the tranquility of wildlife and other users: overflight (paragliding, hang-gliding, helicopter, etc.) is prohibited within 300 m; motor vehicles are prohibited except for traditional activities (mountain pastures, forests, refuges) and chalet owners.

In winter, wildlife is particularly vulnerable to disturbances which, costing energy, can compromise its survival. The dangers for hikers are also real! It is recommended to stay on the marked trails, to keep informed of the weather and snow conditions or to go out supervised by a mountain professional.

Location details

  • Ski station
  • Lake or body of water within 300 m
  • In the mountains
  • GR route within 1 km
  • Lake or body of water at -5 km
  • River at -5 km
  • Village at -2 km
  • River or river within 300 m
  • Lake view
  • Mountain view
  • Isolated



  • Groups welcome

Visit languages

  • Français

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visits services

  • Unguided group tours permanently
  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2023
Monday Open
Tuesday Open
Wednesday Open
Thursday Open
Friday Open
Sunday Open





  • Public toilets
  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Linked offers

On site

Refuge des Prés

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Refuge de Nant Borrant

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Refuge de la Balme

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Refuge des Conscrits

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