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The town hall of Lus-la-Croix-Haute
The town hall of Lus-la-Croix-Haute
Lus-la-Croix-Haute is located in France
Coordinates: 44°39′59″N 5°42′23″E / 44.6664°N 5.7064°E / 44.6664; 5.7064Coordinates: 44°39′59″N 5°42′23″E / 44.6664°N 5.7064°E / 44.6664; 5.7064
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Drôme
Arrondissement Die
Canton Châtillon-en-Diois
Intercommunality Diois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Ginette Carmel
Area1 87.20 km2 (33.67 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 498
 • Density 5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 26168 /26620
Elevation 971–2,454 m (3,186–8,051 ft)
(avg. 1,050 m or 3,440 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lus-la-Croix-Haute is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.


It is situated in the Dauphiné Alps. It is the highest commune in the Drôme départment.

Lus-la-Croix-Haute is a very extended community in the département of Drôme, with an area of 87.2 square kilometres (33.7 sq mi), in the valley and area of Lus c. 1000 m mountainous environment c. 2,453 m (8,048 ft) altitude, facing towards Drôme. The community borders with the départements of Isère et the Hautes-Alpes (High-Alpes), between the massive mountains of Dévoluy in the east, the (valley) of Trièves in the north and the Diois in the west. Lus-la-Croix-Haute is centered between Clelles and Aspres-sur-Buëch. The community includes 24 areas: -La Caire. -Les Corréardes. -Le Trabuech. -Mas Rebuffat. -Mas Bourget. -La Jarjatte. -Les Morlières. -Les Lussettes. -Moulin de l'Ours. -Les Fauries. -Les Miellons. -just to mention some of the most important ones... The community is known for the col de la Croix-Haute, at its Northern limit, through which route national 75 joins Marseille to Grenoble, and which is a climate border between the Northern and Southern Alps. The community is also known as the source of the river Buëch, which flows in the valley of la Jarjatte through the magnificent cascades of Mougious, which is indeed the source of it in the valley of Buëch. The community has a railroad-station along the Lyon-Perrache to Marseille-Saint-Charles (via Grenoble) railroad line, served by the TER of te connection Grenoble - Gap.


Around the first Millennium, and during the 11th. and 12th. centuries, Lus-la-Croix Haute belonged to the lordship of Trièves, which was the property of the ancient counts of Die. The Bishops of Die played a considerable role in the region through the history. One of their principal vassals and feodal-lords was the family Odde de Bonniot, co-Lords notably of Vercors, chivalrous family originating of the Lus-la-Croix-Haute and its surroundings, which was deplaced to the region of Vivarais, to Orange, and to Velay and to the Netherlands (Holland) during the wars of religion in France.


Historical population of Lus-la-Croix-Haute
Year 1911 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 1075 401 487 479 412 428 437 498

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