Merlet Wildlife park

Les Houches,
  • parc animalier merlet - faon
  • parc animalier merlet - entrée
  • Bouquetin parc animalier merlet - les houches
  • parc animalier merlet - chamois
  • Parc de Merlet
  • Parc de Merlet
  • Biches
  • Cerf
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  • parc animalier merlet - sentier
  • parc animalier merlet - lama
  • Merlet en hiver
  • Bouquetin dans la neige à Merlet
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Come and watch the mountain animals roam freely in this animal park in a magical setting, at an altitude of 1500m, just opposite Mont Blanc.
An intimate hike in a small group of 8 people, supervised by an Intermediate Mountain Leader, to allow you to discover Merlet from behind the scenes, to appreciate at best the calm of the great snowy spaces and to approach the animals in the best conditions... After putting on your snowshoes, the leader guides you through the forest to a secondary entrance of the park. Inside, you will benefit from a privileged proximity with the animals and from all the explanations on the mountain fauna in an exceptional setting. You are as if alone in the world facing the immensity of the Mont-Blanc range and if the visibility allows it, you will be entitled to a magnificent sunset... a rare moment, simply magical!

Snowshoeing program

- Meeting point at 1pm at the train station of Les Houches
- Then a short drive with your own vehicle to Coupeau
- 3 hours of hiking with many stops (photo break, explanations...),
200 m of positive difference in altitude in total
- Discovery of the animals of the park and the landscape of the Mont-Blanc chain
- Return around 5pm

38€ /adult, 25€ /child up to 12 years old (children are accepted from 8 years old only). The equipment (snowshoes + sticks) is included in this price.

Our advice: Bring waterproof hiking boots, warm clothes, a water bottle and a snack and don't forget your camera! This outing requires a good physical condition, it is advised to know how to walk with snowshoes (the access to the park can be more or less long according to the snow conditions).
From 24/12/2022 to 19/03/2023
Opening hours on Tuesday and Thursday between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Only open for the guided snowshoe walk. Booking required with the guide: 06 78 50 03 96, at latest the evening before 5pm.

From 29/04 to 30/06/2023
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2023
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm.
Due to the high number of visitors to the site, reservations are MANDATORY on

From 01/09 to 01/10/2023
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Due to the high number of visitors to the site, reservations are REQUIRED on weekends and holidays at
  • Equipments :
    • Defibrillator
  • Parking :
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
  • Recreational leisure :
    • Zoo - animal park
    • Recreational activities
  • SITRA services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Group tour services :
    • Unguided group tours on request
  • Services :
    • Bar/refreshments
    • Unguided group tours
    • Unguided individual tours
  • Information panels :
    • French (EN)
  • Tour :
    • French
  • Visites :
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 120
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 120
  • Services :
    • 15 people min per group
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Picnic area
    • Bar
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Coach access
  • Shops :
    • Shop
  • Catering :
    • Restaurant
  • Cultural leisure facilities :
    • Exhibition space
  • Sustainable development equipments :
    • Sustainable development
    • Outhouse
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Tourist brochures
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
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2495 Chemin de Merlet
Les Houches
Mob : +33 7 67 22 82 69
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English
Adult: 38 €
Child (8-12 years): 25 € (From 8 to 12 years old).

Group rate available for > 15 people.
  • Payment methods :
    • Bank/credit card
    • Cheque
    • Chèques Vacances
    • Cash
    • Credit transfer


Parc animalier de Merlet
2495 Chemin de Merlet
Les Houches
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.907301
Longitude : 6.817875
Bus parking 1000m away from the entrance. Access by foot on a pedestrian trail.

Closest bus stop : Le Tourchet / Les Houches train station bus stop (Les Houches shuttle) (Warning, remoted stop) - 1hr30 hiking.
Closest train stop : Les Houches train station (remoted stop) - 1hr30 hiking.
Closest parking : Merlet car park - 15 minutes by foot.