Natural Parks

Parque NaturalRussia has a lot of sites to protect the natural heritage: a total of 102 nature reserves, 42 national parks, and over 12 thousand natural parks that are under protection of the federal government and regional administrations are added. This number continues to rise due to the work carried out by the Russian government in recent years.

Among the most important reserves to visit are:


The Nature reserve of Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, with the largest reserve of consumable water. In the surrounding park, they are abundant species of animals and plants, some of them endangered. Controlled fishing is allowed to catch the black grayling and other species found in the lake.

You can visit the reserve throughout the year. To stay, there are campsites with affordable prices and various tourist colonies and inns that will welcome very kindly.

Parque Natural 2The nature reserve of Kuznetsky Alatau is located to the south of Siberia, and has a unique ecosystem. It is a jungle in which grow many species of trees such as cedars, and several crystalline water ice and rivers intersect. There are also lakes that are fed by glaciers and groundwater. It is a busy local reservation throughout the year. It features well-marked trails and houses that serve as shelter or accommodation for those who prefer to avoid the campsite.

One of the reserves named Cultural and Natural Heritage Site by Unesco is the Altai Nature Reserve. Being one of the most significant, this reserve is surrounded by mountains and lake Telétskoie. The wild forest has rustic trails, a thousand lakes with cold water, and amazing scenery. The place is home to an animal that is in danger of extinction, as much as you if found: the beautiful leopard or snow leopard.

Parque Natural 3The Kronotsky Nature Reserve was one of the first protected areas. It located in the Kamchatka Peninsula, is the place where you can find the Kronotsky volcano, many waterfalls, geysers valley (named one of the “Seven Wonders of Russia”) and lakes with thermal springs.

Caucasus Nature Reserve is also included among the natural monuments considered World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is located near the famous and popular tourist city of Sochi, host city spas are supplied with water from rivers Caucasus.

Within its territory the Kazbek and Elbrus mountains, the highest point of Europe and mecca for climbers from all latitudes.

Parque Natural 4Great Arctic Nature Reserve, home of the white bear, is made up of huge deserts and arctic tundra. For much of the year there is snow, it just disappear for a short period of time in the summer.

Kivach waterfall is the second in size in Europe, with a height in the fall of almost eleven meters. It located in the Suma River, it is located sixty kilometers from Petrozavodsk. It is one of the most chosen by tourists, averaging thirty thousand visitors a year. The forest surrounding the waterfall, is a reserve populated by trees of different species among which can be named spruce, beech and spruce. Trees up to 300 years old are. Inside the reserve are also protected over 42 mammalian species, bird 185, four types of reptiles and amphibians five.

Parque Natural 6Finally, the Biosphere Reserve dela Katun is located in the village of Ust-Coxa. In early 2000 he was awarded the title of Biosphere Reserve. Within the reserve there are about 135 lakes. The rich flora make it a territory requiring special protection for numerous species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and fish species that inhabit it.
The visit to a nature reserve in Russia is a very attractive walk, especially for nature lovers and outdoor activities. But it is important to remember that in these places thousands of species are protected, and you need to respect nature. Follow rangers and follow the signs. Be sure to bring a souvenir, unique photographs, but do not let negative marks on your nature walk.