The Vallon de la Jarjatte, a nature treasure at the heart of the Drôme

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Recently classified for its natural value, the Vallon de la Jarjatte is a small valley created by a mountain stream with a rich wildlife at the heart of the Drôme mountains. The Rocher Rond (“round rock”), the highest peak of the Drôme at 2453 m (8047 ft), is a sentry watching over the valley. You can easily recognize it with its peculiar shape with its sharps peaks.  There is no doubt you’ll be seduced by this wild valley, typical of the french mountains with its cows and sheep-folds, not far from Champ la Chèvre campsite.

If the man has shaped the valley with its cultures, there is almost no inhabitants in its highest parts, even with a ski resort hidden in the pine-trees. It is a chance as these areas have remained untouched. That makes them a paradise for walking and hiking lovers or climbers at summer times and for winter sports at winter times. At summer times, if you open wide your eyes, you might have the chance to see vultures, eagles or chamois. But don’t forget to watch were you walk as there is a large variety of flowers all over the Vallon including very rare species such as eidelweiss or lady’s-slipper orchid. Not to forget the lavander fileds typical from Drôme at the begining of the summer. If you walk to the Lac du Lauzon (Lauzon lake) you’ll discover a pretty lake with a somptuous setting, in the middle of Alps mountains. It is also a nice place to observe wildlife as there are many newt and dragonflies on its shores.

My advice to visit the Vallon de la Jarjatte is to drive to the end of the valley, park your car then take the path in front of you and then on the left, you reach the mountain stream. Follow it as it disappear into the gorges and you arrive in front of a lovely waterfall. The perfect spot for a family photo ! Do not hesitate to ask me at reception of the campsite, I’ll give you advices so you can make the most of your walk into the Vallon de la Jarjatte. And once you’re back at the campsite, come to see me at the bar to show me your best pics !




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