Rifugio Prato Rosso

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The Principessa Maria di Piemonte shelter, more commonly known as Prato Rosso shelter, is situated at 1536 metres above sea level and it is surrounded by one of the most interesting and beautiful beech forests of the Abruzzo National Park territory. It was built in the thirties for the wish of the Park’s founder Erminio Sipari and it is the only shelter owned by the Park on the left bank of Sangro River. The shelter was built with stone and cement by local workers. On the ground floor there is a kitchen, a fireplace and a little bathroom; a ladder allows you to go up to a double wooden loft and to the dormitory, with 9 comfortable beds. Under the shelter there is a tank for rainwater that provides a reserve (non – potable water) even in summer. You can find the first useful spring walking for an hour and half, climbing from the shelter along the Vallone dello Schiappito and following the A6 – A4 signs of the official signs of the Park. The shelter is open all year but, currently, is not managed according to the Alpine model. So, if you want to use it you have to book and ask for the keys in our offices, or you can take part in our planned proposals.


From Pescasseroli
La Canala – Prato Rosso
Path A1-A9 PNALM
Vertical drop 370 mt
Average time 2 h

From Bisegna
Bisegna – Prato Rosso
Vertical drop 600 mt
Average time 3 h

From Scanno
Scanno – Valico del Carapale
Path A3-A1 PNALM
Vertical drop 1050 m
Average time 5 h


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  • Fireplace room
  • 9 beds with blankets
  • Kichten with cookware
  • Water tank