The Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park in South Tyrol
Genuine, preserved nature
A few details: 6,796 hectares located between Tires al Catinaccio, Castelrotto and Fiè allo Sciliar. The Dolomite Sciliar and Catinaccio massifs as giant landmarks, one to the west, the other to the east. Such are the dimensions of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park – the oldest nature park in South Tyrol.
(Hi)stories of a nature park
The first protective measures were taken in the area around the Sciliar massif in the 1970s, with the founding of the Sciliar Nature Park. In 2003 this was extended to include the Catinaccio area and was renamed accordingly. The unique realm of the Dolomites has since been safeguarded against exploitation and its plant and animal life preserved: the red crossbill, willow tit, golden eagle, Alpine chough and chamois all call the coniferous forests and mixed woodlands their home, while crocuses, Alpine roses, golden primroses and Armeria alpina dot the vast meadows.
The visitor centre is located in a rustic former sawmill close to Tires al Catinaccio, featuring examples of traditional Alpine crafts as well as geological details and facts about the nature park. Info points on the shores of the Laghetto di Fiè describe the flora and fauna of the reserve and draw the attention of visitors to the remarkable bird life in the Sciliar and Catinaccio area.