Walking

Path of “Marocche di Dro” close to Lake Garda

A moonscape in the Natural Reserve and the dinosaur footprints

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Ariella Bickhove

Nordic walking, trekking and via ferrata
Angela Trawoeger
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Angela Trawoeger

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An easy loop trail of approx. 5 kilometers in an almost lunar landscape, in a huge rocky desert where plant and animal life adapted themselves to a particularly arid habitat.
The “Marocche di Dro” (the name comes from the word “Maròc” that in the Trentino dialect means “block of rock”) are located in the Sarca Valley between the villages of Dro, Lake Cavedine and Drena.

The Marocche are the debris of ancient landslides on Monte Brento caused by the retreat of the glacier that for thousand years occupied the Valley of Sarca. With its 13 km2 extension, this is the biggest post-glacial landslide of all Alps. Once there, have a look at the slopes of Mount Brento, this will make you understand how big this landslide was.

Marocche di dro and monte brento

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Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
    • Endpoint
      Marocche di Dro
    • Starting height
      190m
    • Highest point
      280m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      178m/170m
    • Distance
      5,5 km
    • Duration
      2 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
      5
  • Type of route

    • Round tour
    • Suitable for families
    • Insider tip
    • Panoramic route
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      to avoid in the hottest months

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Places of interest along this path

The Marocche di Dro belongs to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000.

The trail is fitted with many illustrative signs with staging areas where to enjoy the geomorphological and naturalistic peculiarity of this natural oasis.

On the Eastern side of the path (in the so called Kas Landslide, near the Lake of Cavedine) there are dinosaur footprints on some of the scattered rocks. Discovered in year 2000, the footprints in the limestone rock are not very marked but they’re easy to spot. The signs explain very well the geological evolution and their discovery.

In this sort of moonscape desert, a small isolated body of water has formed, Laghisol, with an interesting marsh vegetation.

Description of the itinerary

From the parking, go towards the clearly visible rocks of the Marocche di Dro and take the path that is always well marked by the yellow arrows.

Marocche di dro and monte brento

The first stretch among the rocks is approx. 1,5km long and it leads you to the second parking area, the one near Lake Cavedine, the site of the dinosaur footprints.

Leave the rocky path and go into the wood towards the River Sarca. Pass through the vineyards and at the bike path take the left onto the forest trail going uphill till you go back to the Marocche. Keep going uphill till you’re back to the starting point.

Variations

Being a loop trail there are many entry points and they’re all indicated on the signs of the Province Natural Reserve. Two of them are on the road that goes from Dro to Drena and the third one is on the bike path along the River Sarca.

Our description starts from the first parking area that you find along the road. If leaving from the second parking area, the trail is not very different: the first stretch among the rocks will be shorter but the dinosaur footprints will be closer.

Our tips

  • In summertime avoid the trail during the hottest hours of the day
  • Bring something to drink as there are no refreshment points along the trail
  • If you can’t find the yellow arrows, follow the red dots and the stone men. Be careful and don’t leave the marked path; the ground is very rugged and it would be difficult to go back to the path.

The excursion in the wintertime

Thanks to its low altitude the trail is accessible all year round. To avoid in the hottest days during summer.

Refuges, bivouacs or refreshment points along the trail.

None.

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How to get to the starting point of the itinerary

From Arco follow the directions to Dro and just before the village, take right to Drena where the uphill road starts. Shortly after, you can glimpse the rocks of the Marocche di Dro on your left.

This is a loop trail and there are many entry points indicated by the signs of the Province Natural Reserve.

The first parking area is on the left-hand side of the Provincial Road 84, in Lavini, near the Tamburello playing field.

The second parking area is 1,5 km away. Follow the uphill road for 600m on the provincial road and at the hairpin bend turn left and follow directions to Lake Cavedine. The parking area is on your left, not far from the dinosaur prints.

Parking area

Pubblic transports

Trentino trasporti – Linea 204

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