Gorges du Guil

Gorges du Guil, a balcony road in France

Gorges du Guil are a picturesque, deep and narrow gorge slices through black rock shot through with bright patches of colour located in the Hautes-Alpes département, southeastern France. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

The road to cross the gorges is called D902. The road is asphalted but extremely narrow. There are several tunnels. The Gorges du Guil provide a gateway to the Queyras and are truly impressive.

This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The gorge overlooks the Guil River, one of the top venues for white-water sports in the Alps. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens some kilometres further.

This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. It’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. The road running along the gorges, also called as Gorges du Queyras, is very challenging and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.


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