Unesco global Geopark


About the park

The Adamello Brenta Nature Park merges the Dolomitic rocks of the Brenta Group with the granite massifs of the Adamello-Presanella, reaching into Val di Sole, Valli Giudicarie valleys, Val Rendena and Val di Non (Non Valley). In Val di Sole the Park includes parts of the municipalities of Dimaro-Folgarida and Commezzadura

Set up in 1967, it has a total surface area of 620 hectares and is particularly well-known for its role as promoter, together with the Trento Provincial Authorities, of the Life Ursus Project, which in 1999 reintroduced the bear into the Brenta mountains. The Brenta Dolomites are one of the unique world-famous attractions in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

With an altitude that goes from 447 to 3558 metres above sea level, it is the perfect habitat for a wide diversity of flora and fauna.

Adamello Brenta Nature Park_logo | © Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta Geopark
Silene acaulis, flora nel Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta | © Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta


Two different geological and morphological characteristics have encouraged the development of characteristic plant associations here, including: edelweiss, maple, Norway spruce, larch, dwarf juniper, Swiss pine, rhododendron, Alpine azaleas, creeping willow, mountain avens, dwarf mountain pine, green alder, service tree, Nepal oak, hazelnut, and manna ash.
Mamma orsa con i suoi cuccioli nel Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta | © Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta


Thanks to the unspoilt varied environment, the Adamello Brenta Park is populated with an extraordinary array of wildlife, which includes bears, roe, stag and chamois deer, mouflon, ibex, groundhogs, squirrels, foxes, eagles, capercaillie, rock ptarmigan, European honey buzzards, stoats, kestrels, owls, Eurasian pygmy owls, and Arctic char
Lobbia Alta con Rifugio Le Lobbie nelle Dolomiti di Brenta | © Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta


Despite their shrinking, some of the most extensive glaciers in the Park include the Mandrone, the Lobbia and Lares and the smaller glaciers flanking the Presanella. In the Adamello Presanella Group in particular, the water from the large glaciers and snowfields, helped by the impermeable nature of the magmatic rocks, creates spectacular streams and waterfalls.

Dolomiti di Brenta in Trentino | © Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta


The distinguishing feature of the Adamello Brenta Park, which has earned it recognition as a geopark, is the co-existence of two different rock types: the Brenta Dolomites, with calcareous-sedimentary rocks, evidence of ancient seas, and the crystalline intrusive magmatic rocks of the Adamello-Presanella, which include Tonalite, similar in appearance to granite and well-known to geologists worldwide.


Your Park Experience

You can relax in the meadows, by the lakes and waterfalls or put yourself to the test on the legendary peaks in the Dolomites. If, during your holiday, you intend to take a closer look at the nature and culture of this protected area, we suggest you choose one of the excursions or activities organised by the Adamello Brenta Nature Park.  


Segheria Veneziana Dimaro | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta
Dimaro Folgarida - Dimaro

Venetian Sawmill in Dimaro

Ecomuseo Val Meledrio | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola
Dimaro Folgarida - Dimaro

The Val Meledrio Ecomuseum


Lago delle Malghette nel Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta Geopark | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Tommaso Prugnola

Adamello Brenta Nature Park

The Adamello Brenta Nature Park is the largest protected area of Trentino and in the entire Alps: it covers an area of 620,51 km² including the Adamello and Brenta mountain groups separated by Val Rendena and located between Val di Non, Val di Sole and Valli Giudicarie. It spans from a height of 477 m all the way up to 3558 m of the Cima Presanella peak including numerous lakes and the Adamello glacier, one of the most extensive glaciers in all of Europe. Its territory is characterized by a wide variety of remarkable landscapes and precious natural resources, especially its flora and wildlife including the brown bear.