Col du Raspaillon

An awe-inspiring road to Col du Raspaillon

Col du Raspaillon is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.525m (8,284ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments in southeastern France.

Nestled in the French Alps, within the Mercantour National Park, the road to the summit, also known as Col des Granges Communes or Col de Vermillou, is totally paved. It’s called D64 or Route des Grandes des Alpes. The road is usually closed from November to June.

The pass is located next to Col de la Bonette coming from the south. It links Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (S) and Jausiers (N). The summit hosts the Ouvrage Granges Communes, a lesser work (petit ouvrage) of the Maginot Line's Alpine extension.


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