• Leisure

Merlet Wildlife park

Come and watch the mountain animals roam freely in this animal park in a magical setting, at an altitude of 1500m, just opposite Mont Blanc.

Leisure Merlet Wildlife park Les Houches


Departing from Les Houches (74310)
Animals not allowed
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Average duration of an individual visit : 02h00


From Les Houches or the Balcon Sud, let yourself be tempted by the ascent to Parc de Merlet on foot. The aim is simple: signs placed halfway up the Balcon Sud and the ascent from Les Houches station via Christ-Roi will present you with a code to memorize, which will change regularly, and will enable brave customers who decide to climb on foot to benefit from a discount at the Park entrance (on pronunciation of the code when purchasing the ticket).


The 4 parking lots have around 150 spaces, but are quickly saturated in July and August! Parc de Merlet offers you a return shuttle service, so you don't have to worry about the 6 km climb, manoeuvring or parking! Leave your vehicle in the parking spaces provided at the Les Houches SNCF station and follow the sign to the shuttle departure point. 22-seater shuttle - no reservation required. This service is financed by the park; the amount of your contribution is left to your discretion. Thank you in advance!

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    Adult: 8.50 €
    Child (4-15 years): 5.50 €.

    Free entry for children < 5 years.
    Group rate available for > 15 people.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Travellers Cheque, Cash, Credit transfer


    Animals not allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : French
    Languages visits : French
    Languages informatives signs : French

    For the convenience of your visit on busy days, reservations become mandatory during certain periods:
    - Weekends and public holidays in May, June and September
    - Every day in July and August.
    The reservation is open 10 days in advance, until the same day, subject to availability. Booking is easy and free, payment is made at reception on the day of the visit. You can print the reservation or save it on your smartphone.

    - No picnic and no pets allowed. Picnic tables are at disposal right before the entrance of the parc.
    - Bar restaurant, exhibition and video screening during opening hours.
    - Events ans activities organised during the summer season.
    - Shuttles in July and August from Les Houches train station. (timetables on the park's website or at the Tourist Office).

    As dogs are not allowed in the park, a kennel and water are available at the entrance of the park.

    • Coach access
    • Shop
    • Tourist brochures
    • Restaurant
    • Parking nearby
    • Coach parking
    • Car park
    • Bar
    • Defibrillator
    • Sustainable development
    • Outhouse
    • Picnic area
    • Exhibition space
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity


    2495 Chemin de Merlet 74310 Les Houches
    Departing from : Les Houches (74310)
    Latitude : 45.907301 - Longitude : 6.817875

    Bus parking 1000m away from the entrance. Access by foot on a pedestrian trail.

    Closest bus stop : Le Tourchet / Les Houches train station bus stop (Les Houches shuttle) (Warning, remoted stop) - 1hr30 hiking.
    Closest train stop : Les Houches train station (remoted stop) - 1hr30 hiking.
    Closest parking : Merlet car park - 15 minutes by foot.

    Motor Disability

    The park is located in a mountainous area at 1.500 meters high. Please be aware that it is not possible to park right before the entrance. On site the access to the restaurant and the toilets is flat. For persons in a wheelchair or with reduced mobility, we advice that your driver drops you off before the entrance and then drives down to park on the main car park. Persons with a wheelchair must be accompanied. The most sporty can do the easy trail (0 to 20% gradient). However, please note that the park is located in an natural mountainous site, the hills and trails cannot be in compliance with the legislation.

    More informations

    Information update on 18/06/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc