For the confort of your visit at peak times,  booking your entry time at the park is now required.
The reservation is open 10 days in advance, until the same day, depending on availability.
Booking is easy and free, payment is made at the reception on the day of the visit.  You can print the reservation or save it on your smartphone.
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2024 season

The park will be open from wednesday 1st may 2024  to Sunday september 29th  2024  only on reservation
May, June, September: every day except Monday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Open on holidays : 1st and 8th May, thursday 9th May (Ascension day),  monday 20th may (Whit Monday)

July and August: every day from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Reservation required every days

Entrance fees

Entrance fee
from 16 year old: €9.00
(4 to 15 year old): €6.00
Reduced fee: groups 
(from 15 persons, reservation required), disabled persons, and also for the brave who climbed on foot or by bike from the valley ! (Chamonix or Les Houches)

Loyalty card available at the park reception

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Planning my day at the park

Let’s start out with a short climb

Park Merlet is located in the mountains and the parking lots are situated between 300 m and 1000 m from the main entrance. At a leisurely pace you will need between 10 and 30 minutes to reach the entrance to the Park.
Please be aware that in August the park is very popular and the parking lots can be quite crowded.  

Followed by a leisurely hike

Allow 2 to 3 hours. The visit is self-guided with two proposed routes. With the shorter route (1 hour) you will get to see most of the animals. This trail is fairly flat and easily accessible to pushchairs (equipped with large wheels). However, enthusiasts often stay much longer to explore the stay-in-shape trail and discover all the animals and corners of the park.

Restaurant or picnic?

You can enjoy a picnic in the friendly picnic area situated outside the park to avoid disturbing the wildlife. In the shade or in the sun, but always with a view!

Remember to stamp your hand on the way out so that you may re-enter the park at your leisure.

Need a rest?

Many benches are available along the trails and you will find some home-made sun loungers at the ‘Roche à Soupla’ and panoramic viewpoint.

The altitude airfield also offers a large flat surface where you can enjoy a lie down in the grass.

A visit with or without animations

The keyword is fun!

Fun and educational themed activities are found along the trails, including for example: winter, predators, ibex, marmot, high altitude airfield etc.

At each spot there are fun things to learn for both children and grown-ups. Use your smartphone and discover all the information.

Information available in 4 languages.

Guided tour on your smartphone

Find out about everything about Merlet on our page “your quide in the park” : history, the mountain, animals…

Take your smartphones out !


From early July to end of August (French school holidays) animations are proposed in the afternoon in the animations area.
Free – 30 minutes.
The schedule of events can vary depending on the weather conditions and number of visitors. Information on the events of the day is displayed at the entrance to the park


An exhibition and video projection hall is also available to learn more about the park and its animals. It is also the ideal place to take shelter if it starts to rain.

Different approaches to Merlet