A Site of Incredible Beauty!
The important Rustrel deposit and its quarries have earned the evocative name of “Colorado”.
This exceptional site, named for its variety of shapes and colors, combines the pleasure of hiking and discovering and industrial heritage. The beauty of the site is the result of the work done by 4 generations of ocher miners and farmers. The old ocher hill sites stretch over 4 km. The site covers more than 100 hectares.
The people of Rustrel named the place "les Ubacs de Rustrel". Abbot Martel, president of Alpes de Lumière, while surveying the paths with the aim of creating the GR6 hiking trail, christened the site "Provencal Colorado", for the incredible colors that reminded him of the American canyon and because Colorado means "red" in Provencal.
50 shades of ocher ...
In the heart of the Colorado, the colors unfold and enchant the eyes.
The whole range of yellows, reds, oranges, browns even some greens and mauves are represented. The landscape (cliffs, cirques, fairy chimneys and hills) is the result of the exploitation of ochre started in the 18th century in the region. Gradually abandoned, the quarries form today a grandiose site, appreciated for walks and touristic hikes.
From the ochre industry, are left here and there, pipes, machines, settling ponds, ... However, the Colorado is also an exceptional and very fragile living environment, characteristic of siliceous areas: maritime pines, heather chestnuts grow in abundance.
It is recommended to stay on marked trails and respect the environment you will see.