Le Dévoluy


Discover a naural and cultural heritage and discover the authenticity of the nearby villages.


The emblematic summit of the Devoluy (2709 meters) with a vertical wall of 700 meters, a large plateau with the International research Institute of Radio Astronomy (IRAM). Its overall objective is to eplore the universe and to study its origins and evolution.  
The 700 meter cliff is reputated by advances climbers. When you are on the top of the Pic de Bure there is an orientation table and with clear weather you can see the Massif of the Ecrins, Vercors and to the souththe mountains of the LuberonCette immense falaise de 700 m de long a fait la réputation de grimpeurs chevronnés. De sa table d'orientation, la vue panoramique vaut le déplacement, par temps clair l'on peut voir les massifs des Ecrins, du Vercors et au sud, la montagne du Lubéron.


Les Gillardes are classified as the second spring of France after Fontaine de Vaucluse. It streams into the river Souloise and it is 30 meters wide. Not only the rivers Souloise and Béoux capture all the water that comes out this spring, also the fissures calles lapiaz collect a lot of water. With the result of an actif underwater basement. After heavy rainfall and the snow melting, water ca come out with 56 m3 per second.


The location of the Etroits is well exposed on the south side and at the entrance of the village of St. Etienne en Dévoluy. It is a remarkable climbins spot. A fissure of 40 to 60 meters deep, and 2 meters wide at the narrowst. This cliff is a nice learning spot for beginners or for children. 
In the fissure there has been made a via ferrata with a length of 1300 meters, 50 mters above the river Souloise. Les Etroits is a canyoning location as well to learn the first technics of this sport. 


The mountainpass Noyer is situated between the Devoluy region and the Champsaur region, it has an altitude of 1664 mters. The road has been created in 1850 to replace the old donkey path and it was the first access to the Devoluy region which was isolated before. The name has been given by Napoleon on his way back from the island of Elba, to thak the Hautes Alpes for the welcome he had and his accomodation on the road. The Hautes Alpes used the money to build sherlers (refuges) on mountain passes with difficult access. The view from the Noyer pass is impressive. The Tour de France took this pass several times.