Stolby Nature Sanctuary

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Stolby Nature Reserve
Column "Feathers" in Stolby
Map showing the location of Stolby Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Stolby Nature Reserve
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LocationKrasnoyarsk krai, Russia
Nearest cityKrasnoyarsk
Coordinates55°32′N 92°28′E / 55.53°N 92.46°E / 55.53; 92.46Coordinates: 55°32′N 92°28′E / 55.53°N 92.46°E / 55.53; 92.46
Area47,154 ha (182.06 sq mi)

Stolby Nature Reserve (Russian:запове́дник «Столбы́»), (in English, "The Pillars") is a Russian strict nature reserve located 10 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk, on the northwestern spurs of the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The site is known for its dramatic complexes of rocks; 3.5% of the reserve is open to hikers seeking to visit and climb the rocks. Over 200,000 visitors per year are recorded.[1] The park was founded in 1925 by citizens the picturesque Syenite Buttes and surrounding rocky landscape. The area of nature reserve is 47,219 hectares. Stolby has been nominated to be on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[2]


The reserve's natural borders are the Bazaikha River, a right tributary of the Yenisei River, in the northeast. The Mana River and Bolshaia Slizneva ("Big Slime") River are in the south and southwest. The area borders upon the city of Krasnoyarsk from the northeast. Area is divided into two parts. The first is straight Stolby, which are opened for tourists. The second is "Wild Stolby", which are located in the depths of the reserve, where access is restricted.[3][1]

Climber in Stolby Reserve

Ecoregion and climate[edit]

Stolby is located in the East Siberian taiga ecoregion, located in the heart of Siberia. The climate is Subarctic climate, without dry season (Köppen climate classification Subartic climate (Dfc)). This climate is characterized by mild summers (only 1–3 months above 10 °C (50.0 °F)) and cold, snowy winters (coldest month below −3 °C (26.6 °F)).[4][5]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Flora of nature reserve includes about 740 vascular plants and 260 kinds of mosses. Fir taiga, which is typical for the midlands of the Eastern Sayan, prevails. 290 types of vertebrates are revealed on the territory of reserve. Fauna has a pronounced taiga aspect (red-backed mouse, sable, Siberian musk deer, hazel grouse and others) with the inclusion of forest-steppe animals (Siberian roe deer, steppe polecat, long-tailed ground squirrel and others)

Also, there are species from The Red Book of Russia:

Ecotourism and access[edit]

Visitors are able to get to the boundary by a city bus. Main attraction of the reserve is the rocks - the general name of the rocks is Stolby, although all of them and even some stones have their own names. Inhabitants of Krasnoyarsk have been visiting Stolby for more than 150 years for sport and adventure holidays.

Three districts are accessible to tourists:

  • Takmakovsky district is situated in valley of Bazaikha Rive, at the foot of the Takmak rock. In this area Kitayskaya Stenka, Yermak and a group of small rocks Vorobushki, Tsypa, Zhaba and other are located.
  • Central pillars is a district, that is at a distance of 7 kilometers from bound of the reserve, occupying area about 5x10 kilometers. Unuque rock such a Ded ("Grandfather"), Perja("Plumage"), Lvinnyj vorota ("Lions Gate"), pillars from the first to the fourth and many other rocks are located here.The most popular ways to the top of rock have names Golubye katushki ("Blue coils"), Dymokhod ("Stovepipe"). Stolbists say that Bolsheviks had written the word Svoboda (en. Freedom) on the biggest II pillar before revolution happened. Nowadays enthusiasts renew it intermittently. Because of difficulty of the ascent, myrmidons of the law could not erase this inscription.
  • Wild pillars are such a distant as Manskaya Stenka, Manskaya Baba, and rocks, which are situated in buffer zone (closed for free visit).

History of explorations[edit]

Daniel Gottlieb Messerschmidt visited the Stolby in 1720–1727. He stayed triply in Krasnoyarsk in the time of his exploration of Siberia, which continued seven years.

Vitus Bering visited it in 1733–1734.

In 1735 Stolby were visited by participants of overland team of the Second Kamchatka Expedition, including naturalists Johann Georg Gmelin and his assistant Stepan Krasheninnikov.

In 1771–1773, eminent explorer of Siberia professor of natural history Peter Simon Pallas visited the Stolby. He lived about a year in Krasnoyarsk and work on monographs "Journey in various provinces of the Russian Empire," "Description of plants of the Russian state," "Russian-Asian zoogeography."

The gold rush started in Siberia in the 1830s. Gold was mined in the Stolby. "Royev Ruchey" (Eng. "Scooped Brook") was named so because of the activities of miners.

In 1833 furs of 67 sables, foxes and 43 to thousands of skins of other animals were extracted in the Stolby.

In 1870 and 1880s, teacher of the Krasnoyarsk gymnasium Ivan Savenkov started to organize school trips to the "Pillars". Savenkov wrote a topographical description of the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, which would be starting paper for all entry-level geologists of Siberia. He published it in 1886.

Yenisei provincial executive committee declared this earth location to be a natural reserve Stolby by the resolution dated June 30, 1925.

In 1947 married couple Yelena Krutovskaya and James Dulkeyt set up a reserve for keeping of animals injured by poachers. It was in the Reserve's region for tourist and excursion.[6]

From the late 1940s to the beginning of the 21st century, 16 collections of scientific papers were published. The effect of air pollution and recreational using on taiga ecosystems is investigated. One of the researchers of "Pillars", Ivan Beljak, was author of several books about the area.[7]

In 2000 the animal reserve became the basis of the zoo "Royev Ruchey".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stolby - General Information". Stolby Nature Reserve. Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 13 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Krasnoyarsk Stolby". World Hertitage Site Nominations. UNESCO. Retrieved 13 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Stolby Zapovednik". Stolby Zapovednik (Official Site). Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 13 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kottek, M., J. Grieser, C. Beck, B. Rudolf, and F. Rubel, 2006. "World Map of Koppen-Geiger Climate Classification Updated" (PDF). Gebrüder Borntraeger 2006. Retrieved September 14, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Dataset - Koppen climate classifications". World Bank. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Krutovskaya Elena (in Russian) Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Krasnoyarsk Regional Youth Library: "105 anniversary of the birth of Ivan Belyak Philipovich" (in Russian) Archived 2014-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, 06 января 2013

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