Merlet Wildlife park

Les Houches,
Situated at 1500 m, in front of the Mont Blanc, the animal park of Merlet is a magnificent 50 acres park where ibex, chamois, marmots, stags, deers, hinds and llamas move around in freedom !
Easy hike in the parc, a 2 to 3 hour visit.

Several benches and deckchairs allow you to pause during your visit. You can even enjoy the sun and lay down at the altiport, a large and flat pasture.

Discover the exhibition and projection rooms, the souvenir shop, the educational and fun displays and the guided visit in 4 languages on your smartphone!
In July and August, daily free activities about the animals and the mountains.

Species to be discovered in the parc: ibex, Sika deer, llama, mouflon, marmot, chamois andfallow deer!

Services at your disposal:
- 150 parking spots
- Bar, restaurant, panoramic terasse open at the same opening time as the parc.
- Pic-nic area before the entrance of the park

NEW SUMMER 2021 : With the high traffic on the park in July and August, reservations MANDATORY for any visit! Easy and free on "

From Les Houches or from the South Balcony, hike up to the animal park. It is very simple: signs put at the halfway point of the South Balcony and of the path from Les Houches will show you a code for you to memorise. These code will change regularly. Tell the code to the desk at the park entrance and get a discount on the entrance fee !

Free shuttle service in July and August
The 4 parking lots have a total capacity of approximately 150 spaces and quickly reach maximum capacity in July and August. Merlet Park runs a free shuttle service in July and August to save you the 6 km climb and avoid the hassle of finding a parking space. Simply leave your car in the dedicated spaces at the Houches railway station and go the shuttle stop sign. Shuttle capacity: 8 persons
Face mask is obligatory in the shuttle from 11 years old. Thank you.
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 01/05 to 30/06/2021 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2021, daily between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm.
New 2021: In July and August, reservations MANDATORY for visit on ".

From 01/09 to 30/09/2021 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
  • 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
Covid-19 measures: respect 1m between each family when waiting at the entrance, masks are not compulsory but highly recommended, please respect the one way signs when in place.
The movie and exhibition rooms are closed.
Antibacterial gel is at your disposal in the park.
Parc animalier de Merlet
2495 Chemin de Merlet
Les Houches
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.907689
Longitude : 6.817017
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.
Adult: from 8.50 €
Child: from 5.50 €.

Free entry for children < 4 years.

Group rate on booking from 15 persons.
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.

Group rate on booking from 15 persons.
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