From hiking, climbing, mountain biking and canyoning during the summer months to downhill and cross country skiing in the winter, you'd be right to wonder why Chartreuse is best recognized for its eponymous liqueur instead of its more adrenaline-inducing qualities. Needless to say, this Nature Park, situated just 100 km southeast of Lyon, offers 69,000 hectares (170,503 acres) of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and abundant adventure opportunities just itching to redefine its claim to fame.
The vast cave systems that run inside the unmistakable Dent de Crolles, the ski slopes of Sainte Pierre de Chartreuse, the panoramic Alpine views afforded from atop Charmont Som: these are just a few of your almost unlimited options in this beautiful region of southeast France. Intrigued yet? You should be. With such a bounty of things to do, we've assembled a few links to help get your adventure started, as well as to provide some more handy info about the park.