Morne Trois Pitons National Park
|Morne Trois Pitons National Park|
Hiking trail in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park
|Designated||1997 (21st session)|
|Region||Latin America and the Caribbean|
Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a World Heritage Site (since 1997) located in Dominica. This area was established as a national park by the Dominican government in July 1975, the first to be legally established in the country. The National Park is named after its highest mountain, Morne Trois Pitons, meaning mountain of three peaks. The park is a significant area of volcanic activity. Features within the part include the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge, and Emerald Pool.
The national park was just a forest area in 1940, since 1952 a forest reserve and since 1975 a national park, the first one on Dominica. In 1997 UNESCO declared the park a world heritage site. Today Morne Trois Pitons comprises an area of 6800 hectares, six signposted hiking paths complete with picnic sites and rain covers.
- Hailey, Adrian (2011). Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: Regional Accounts of the West Indies. BRILL. p. 162. ISBN 9004194088.
- Virtual Dominica.com
- Morne Trois Pitons National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Friends of World Heritage Non profit organization that identifies projects that support local tourism enterprises that can help alleviate poverty and conserve World Heritage sites.
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