System 6: Puez - Odle/Puez - Geisler/Pöz - Odles
This area extends over 10.200 hectares of surface area in the Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, and it can be defined the “geological worksite of the Dolomites”. Here there are all the sedimentary formations and rock types, the tectonic movements and the erosive manifestations, typical of the western Dolomites. The entire area is already protected as a Natural Park and it includes the last north western mountain bastions of the Dolomites today still saved from mass tourism. At the southern edge the Gardena Valley where we find the towns of Ortisei/St. Ulrich/ Urtijëi, Santa Cristina/ St. Christina, Selva/Wolkenstein; beyond Passo Gardena/ Grödnerjoch/Jeuf de Frea (2115 m) we enter the upper Val Badia/Gadertal, where the towns of Corvara, Badia/Abtei and S. Martino in Badia/St. Martin in Thurn delimit the eastern edge of this sector. From S. Martino the road of the Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch/Ju de Börz leads us, following the northern edge of the park, to the Valley of Isarco and towards the Funes Valley, which from the western side penetrates amply into the heart of the protected area. As the double name says, Puez-Odle, this site is characterised by two landscape types. The northern portion of the territory is dominated by two imposing mountain massifs: the Odles d’Eores/Aferer Geisler (2,875 m) with the Sas de Putia/Peitlerkofel (2,875 m) and the Odle di Funes/ Geisler (Sas Rigais 3,025 m). The southern part is occupied by the ample bastion around the Col de Puez (2,725 m): a vast plateau at ap proximately 2,500 m, where in stony karst lands there are idyllic alpine meadows and splendid alpine lakes. Among the many peaks we note the Antersasc (2,381 m) behind Longiarù/Campill, the Somamunt (2,366 m) above Pedarces, the Sassongher (2,665 m) above Corvara, the Sas Ciampac (2,365 m) above Colfosco, the Cir Group (Gran Cir 2,532 m) at Passo Gardena/Grödner Joch/Jeuf de Frea and the Seceda (2,518 m).