The Doubs-Horloger Regional Nature Park is a land that cultivates the art of living, the promise of authentic delights! On foot, by bike or in a horse-drawn carriage, there are plenty of ways to explore this unspoilt wilderness.

103 918 Surface area Hectares
50 Historic monuments
29 listed and protected natural sites
3 Franche-Comté villages of character
Sandrine Baverel / BFC Tourisme
Le défilé d'entre-roches près de Morteau et Pontarlier Sandrine Baverel / BFC Tourisme
Hellolaroux
Les gorges du Doubs Hellolaroux
World Else / Montagnes du Jura
Canoë au Saut du Doubs World Else / Montagnes du Jura
Hellolaroux
GTJ - Saut du Doubs Hellolaroux
Julie HANN - BFC Tourisme
Via Ferrata des Echelles de la Mort

Via Ferrata des Echelles de la Mort

Julie HANN - BFC Tourisme
Pays Horloger / Laurent Cheviet
Chemins de la Contrebande Pays Horloger / Laurent Cheviet
Not to be missed!

2 iconic natural sites to explore in a variety of landscapes 

The Pays Horloger is a region that features 5 different areas, each with its own characteristic contours. From the valleys to the plateaus by way of vast stretches of woodland, the variety of landscapes is vast. 

Between wide open spaces, pure mountain air, unspoilt natural settings and a whole array of colours, the recipe for wellbeing is complete in the Regional Nature Park, a region with a human dimension that only adds to its richness, its beauty, and its overall appeal.

The tranquil pastures, gushing torrents and 360° views can be enjoyed from the many panoramic viewpoints, forest paths hidden among the conifers, and snow-covered fields. The promise of spectacular sights and iconic places.

Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme

Saut du Doubs

The Saut du Doubs, a must-see, is one of the Jura Mountains' iconic natural sites. It is well-known for its Canada-like setting of beautiful canyons and a majestic waterfall of 27 metres in height. 

This natural site can be reached on foot, by boat or even in a horse-drawn carriage, a different pleasure for every season. 

Découvrir le saut du Doubs

Cirque de Consolation

The Consolation corrie is heaven for activities in the great outdoors, but also a great place for cultural encounters. Indeed, at the end of the valley, the Lançot waterfall tumbles from a height of 47 metres.

Head for Consolation-Maisonnettes for a gentle nature walk by the water!

Découvrir le Cirque de Consolation
Source of a unique heritage

The home of delicious produce and outstanding timekeeping mechanisms

Home to the famous Montbéliarde cow and Comtois horse breeds, this farming region produces some famous star products, such as Comté cheese,  Mont d’Or cheese, and Morteau sausages.

The food-processing sector has also grown here, as has local expertise in timekeeping mechanisms and art mechanics, added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in 2020.

An unspoilt region

Discover the Upper Jura Regional Nature Park

In the Jura Mountains you'll find not one but two Regional Nature Parks (RNPs)! Straddling 3 French departments, the Upper Jura Nature Park also boasts an outstanding natural wealth. 

Find out more about the RNP

A larger-than-life playground

A region waiting to be explored on foot, on skis, by bike or via the treetops...

On foot, by bike, on horseback or on skis, the Doubs-Horloger RNP can be discovered in a variety of ways, the promise of a real change of scene.

To enjoy your exploration to the full, take to the many waymarked trails, such as the GR5 long-distance itinerary. Groomed cross-country ski trails include the Grande Traversée du Jura, and you'll find multiple facilities for a wide range of sports and leisure activities.

For example, you can:

  • Take a boat trip or horse-and-carriage ride to the Saut du Doubs waterfall
  • Walk along the smugglers' trails and climb the famous "Echelles de la mort"(death ladders)
  • Go fly fishing or canoeing on the Doubs or Dessoubre rivers
  • Make the most of the groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Try the treetop adventure trail for lots of fun and a bird's-eye view of the forest

In this region ruled by savoir-faire and the good life, all you have to do is determine your route or choose your activity.

Suggestion for a hiking holiday in the RNP

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Le défilé d'entre-roches près de Morteau et Pontarlier Sandrine Baverel / BFC Tourisme
Les gorges du Doubs Hellolaroux
Canoë au Saut du Doubs World Else / Montagnes du Jura
GTJ - Saut du Doubs Hellolaroux
Via Ferrata des Echelles de la Mort

Via Ferrata des Echelles de la Mort

Julie HANN - BFC Tourisme
Chemins de la Contrebande Pays Horloger / Laurent Cheviet