Col d'Allos

Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur  >  France

High mountain pass west of Parc National du Mercantour that is good for alpine birds and birds of prey.

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Most recent update 22 August 2021
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Col d'Allos (elevation 2,250 m) is a high mountain pass in the Alps west of Parc National du Mercantour. The scenery is less spectacular than Col de la Cayolle (also described on this website), but still very impressive. When you make a walk from the parkingplace of Col d'Allos to the top, you cross rocky grasslands and have magnificent views. Along the way you can observe alpine fauna like chamois, marmots and of course many birds. Among the birds you can see are Rock Ptarmigan, Red-billed Chough, Yellow-billed Chough, Common Raven, Citril Finch, White-winged Snowfinch, Rock Bunting, Black Redstart, Northern Wheatear and Ring Ouzel as well as large birds of prey such as Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Golden Eagle. If you are lucky you can see Bearded Vulture that is gradually reintroduced in the area.


Français: Le col d'Allos est un col de montagne des Alpes du Sud, situé dans le département français des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence en région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Le paysage est très impressionnant. En vous promenant depuis le parking du Col d'Allos jusqu'au sommet, vous traversez des prairies rocheuses, vous avez des vues magnifiques et de beaux oiseaux.



The pass road is normally open to traffic from May to October. You can drive up from the northern side from Barcelonnette (17.5 km) or from Colmars (23,6 km). On the mountain pass itself you can park, but note that it can be very busy in the midst of summer during holidays and you will have to park along the road.


Français: Située sur la route des Grandes Alpes, la route présente une déclivité moyenne de 5,5 %, avec des maxima à 9 % et est ouverte de mai à octobre. Sur le col, vous pouvez vous garer, mais notez qu'il peut être très fréquenté en plein été pendant les vacances et que vous devrez vous garer le long de la route.

Terrain and Habitat




Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Summer , Autumn

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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