A 100 % nature walk !

The Caves of La Balme are located on a Preserved Natural Area called « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch ». The city of La Balme-les-Grottes obtained this label in 2009.


What is a Preserved Natural Area ?

It is a valuable place in terms of natural heritage (fauna, flora and landscape).

The objectives are :
* To protect the biodiversity of a specific area, working on its access to the general public ;
* To inform on the ecosystem's management and protection issues.

ENS Les Coteaux de St Roch photos 2020

Made up of The Caves of La Balme, the Preserved Natural Area « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch » also allows to discover 2 others naturals environments : forest and dry grasslands through a waymarked path (8 landmarks).

ENS Les Coteaux de St Roch Plan de visite 2020

Free visit
Starting point at the foot of Caves of La Balme (landmark n°1)
Running time : about 2 hours
Picnic permitted on path (landmark n°5).

A free paper guide (in French) is available on demand at Caves of La Balme's entrance desk.
Special notice : the path is made up of a few narrow passages. 
We recommend you to wear hiking boots or sport shoes.


Since many years, fauna and flora scientific studies have been coordinated on the Preserved Natural Area « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch ».

In January 2018, The Caves of La Balme have set information panels near the entrance office with an objective of raising public awareness.
These panels have been created in various forms : a general map and different kids games.

Families would now be able to learn more about the local environment thanks to an educational content adapted to anyone !

Panneau ENS Foret

FaLang translation system by Faboba

Events 2020