Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Stories

Backpacking France's Grand Canyon: Gorges du Verdon

Southeast France's Gorge Du Verdon provides backpackers with miles of narrow canyon walls, river wading, and strenuous hiking.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

Often called Europe’s Grand Canyon, this 2,000-foot-deep limestone gorge pinches together so closely in some places that the 30-foot-wide Verdon River reaches from cliff to cliff. In 20 miles of hiking, we were forced to wade or swim the river about 15 times, floating our packs across. The water is pleasant, but beware water releases from the upstream hydroelectric dam. Tent camping is not allowed, but we bivouacked with pleasure. Contact: Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon, 011-33-4-92-74-63-94; www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.tm.fr/lesparcs/verdc_en.html.