Merlet Wildlife park

Les Houches,
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  • Merlet en hiver
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Come and observe the mountain animals wandering freely in this animal park with a magical setting, at 1500m altitude, just in front of the Mont-Blanc. Online booking required on weekends and daily in July and August.
Merlet immerses you in its vast wildlife area, the time of an easy hike, crossing forest and sunny meadows, marked by its old traditional mountain chalets. The unusual proximity with its many animals surprises and almost makes forget their wild character..
Species to discover: ibex, sika deer, lama, mouflon, marmot, chamois and fallow deer!

Easy hike in the park, 2 to 3h of visit.

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

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

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


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 cash desk at the park and get a discount on the entrance fee !

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 spot. Simply leave your car in the dedicated spaces at the Houches railway station and go the shuttle stop sign. Shuttle capacity: 8 persons. No booking. Face mask is mandatory in the shuttle from 11 years old. Thank you.
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 01/05 to 30/09/2022 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Reservations MANDATORY on weekends and public holidays on ".
  • 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


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.
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