Starting in the summer of 2022, the “Geological Trail of Arabba” will be improved with new information signage placed along the trail, which allows hikers to discover interesting information about the complex yet unique geological history of the Dolomite area.
From the era when the Dolomites were a coral reef at the bottom of the Tethys ocean, through eras of intense volcanism, to the collision of tectonic plates that led to the formation of the mountain ranges of the Alps, this trail gives the opportunity to embark on a journey of millions of years, observing the surrounding environments in a guided way, thanks to information boards full of simplified texts, infographics, and photographic material.
The “Geological Trail of Arabba” in its traditional version is a 12-km loop trail with departure and arrival from Rifugio Gorza at Porta Vescovo, winding through 18 stages (stops), at which recently made information boards are placed.
The GTA can be walked in a few variants, the most convenient of which, for those starting from Malga Ciapela, has as its starting point the Rifugio Padon, easily reached thanks to the Padon 2 chairlift at Capanna Bill, about a 5-minute drive from the Marmolada Malga Ciapela Campground (3.2 km).
From the Rifugio Padon it is possible to walk both the complete loop (departure and arrival at the Rifugio Padon), and the shortened version (historical-panoramic version).