Stelvio National Park
The Brescia territory takes in part of the Stelvio National Park, created with the aim of saving and protecting the mountain environment of the Ortles – Cevedale massif.
The park, founded in 1935, unfolds along a broad valley system (the Camunian part of the park is made of Val Grande, the Valleys of Canè, Messi and Viso) at an average altitude of about 2000 metres, between Valtellina and Valvenosta, reaching to the boundary with the Swiss Engadina National Park. The lands of the park are characterized by extensive conifer woods, among which stand out the spruce, the larch and the Swiss stone pine, substituted, in the limestone areas, by the mountain pine.
Going up in elevation the woods give in to prairies and, higher up, to mountain swamps, snow and perennial ice fields. Very rich is the flora, which includes several endemic species.Just as rich is the fauna: the ungulates (e.g. deer and ibex), the big birds of prey (golden eagle and ossifrage), the marmot, the alpine gallinaceans (such as ptarmigan and black grouse) are just some of the most characteristic animals that can be easily spotted in the Park.