The Stelvio National Park was created to preserve and protect the natural environment and to study and admire it in the future. The Stelvio National Park in the province of Sondrio occupies an area of just under 50,000 hectares belonging to six municipalities of the Alta Valtellina. It's in this area of the Park that the most impressive mountain ranges are located along the border of Trentino and the Adige valley . The Ortler group characterizes the landscape of most eastern areas, giving rise to the most impressive glacial landscapes of the entire Alpine Arch. The rocks in the southern areas are mainly metamorphic (phyllite in the Bormio), while the more northern districts are characterised by a massive calcareous sedimentary (mainly dolomite) making up the so-called inner Dolomites. The fauna in the area is incredibly rich: deer and ibex are the two most representative ungulates, but let's not forget to mention the majestic bearded vulture, a large bird of prey that nests here in several couples. Catching a glimpse of the animals is not always easy, partly because they are afraid of man, but also because so many of them are nocturnal. But even when you don't see them, you'll be able to trace their footprints imprinted in the snow. And these tracks tell fascinating stories. Who has crossed our path? The fox or ermine? Where did the squirrel go? What was this little deer doing? The answers to these questions will be possible thanks to the help of an expert, who'll be able to help you out during a snowshoeing trip organized by the Park.
"Baita del Parco" Visitor Center
Located in the hamlet of S. Antonio di Valfurva, the Visitor Centre of the Stelvio National Park aims to provide an overview of the natural and human aspects of the park divided into three main themes.
The three themes are spread throughout the exhibition spaces using information panels, exhibits and a variety of multimedia workstations.
A section of the centre, arranged with illustrative panels and a reconstruction of a vultures nest is entirely dedicated to the great vulture with four pairs present in the territory of the park; the video terminal connected to a webcam points directly onto a nest, allowing you to see them in their natural habitat.
The Visitor Centre offer is complemented by a screening room/conference that offers the necessary space for conducting educational workshops.