Merlet Wildlife park

Les Houches,
  • Merlet en hiver
  • Bouquetin dans la neige à Merlet
Merlet en hiverBouquetin dans la neige à Merlet
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 group of 6 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
- Transportation 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 5 pm

Our advice: Bring waterproof hiking boots, warm clothes, water bottle and snacks 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).
For the convenience of your visit on busy days, reservations become mandatory during certain periods:
- Weekends and public holidays in May, June and September
- Every day in July and August.
The reservation is open 10 days in advance, until the same day, subject to availability. Booking is easy and free, payment is made at reception on the day of the visit. You can print the reservation or save it on your smartphone.

- No picnic and no pets allowed. Picnic tables are at disposal right before the entrance of the parc.
- Bar restaurant, exhibition and video screening during opening hours.
- Events ans activities organised during the summer season.
- Shuttles in July and August from Les Houches train station. (timetables on the park's website or at the Tourist Office).
- Snowshoeing visits on booking only during the winter season.
From 01/09 to 02/10/2022
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
  • 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
Group rate on booking from 15 persons, disabled person
Member card to ask on site or to download on the park's website.
Purchase on site:
- The great book "Merlet, quelle est ta magie ?" 28€
- Guidebook and games booklet

Adult: 8.50 € (From 16 years old)
Child: 5.50 € (From 4 to 15 years old).

Free entry for children < 4 years.
Group rate available for > 15 people.

Group rate on booking from 15 persons, disabled person
Member card to ask on site or to download on the park's website.
Purchase on site:
- The great book "Merlet, quelle est ta magie ?" 28€
- Guidebook and games booklet.
  • 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.