The Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Natural Park has been a protected area since 1967, the year in which the Autonomous Province of Trento declared this area a natural oasis.
Like any protected area, it aims to protect the environmental balance of the area, increasing the biodiversity factor and constituting a refuge and reproduction area for the local fauna.
The Paneveggio Natural Park, originally with an area of 157 square km and currently 197, is located in the eastern area of Trentino; it it borders the Fiemme and Fassa valleys on the northern side, to the south with the Primiero and the Cismon stream, and to the west with the Vanoi valley.
The oasis, given the vast surface covered, is made up of distinct areas: ranging from the Dolomite area of Trentino, the Pale di San Martino, to the eastern area of Lagorai,
To be precise, three different geographical units can be distinguished:
1) the first, located in the northern area, is covered by the beautiful Paneveggio Forest for over 2700 hectares located between 1500 and 2000 meters above sea level. The wooded area offers the practically unique opportunity to admire conifers almost 40 meters high;
2) The south-eastern part is occupied by the Pale di San Martino, which is probably the most spectacular part of the whole park. The plateau reaches an altitude of 2600 meters, up to 3192 meters at the top of Vezzana and 3194 at Cimon de la Pala;
3) The western sector is composed of the Lagorai, a mountain massif heir to enormous volcanic eruptions dating back to 300 million years ago.
In addition to the abundance of mountainous territories, the Natural Park also includes numerous valleys within the Primiero area, and to be precise:
1) The Vanoi valley, extended around the town of Canal San Bovo, surrounded by the Lagorai mountain range and bathed by the waters of a stream;
2) Val Canali, through which one enters the southern part of the Pale di San Martino;
3) Val Venegia, located between Passo Rolle and Pian dei Casoni, and located in the basin produced by the Travignolo stream.
The Park also includes much more, such as the 1500 hectares of meadows grazed by flocks and cattle that stretch from the wooded area to the slopes of the rocky walls.
Bodies of water are also scattered throughout the area, and an abundant quantity of streams flow along the territory of the park, making the already beautiful surrounding scenery even more enchanting.
The great variety of landscapes, the magnificence of the high mountains and the breadth of the expanses of wood make the Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Natural Park an unmissable destination for any lover of the outdoors or just a visitor looking for a truly unique natural setting.