The Armentara meadows are located on the Armentara Plateau, between 1600 meters and 2000 meters, on the western edge of Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park in Alta Badia.

Sprawling beneath the impressive rock faces of the Sasso di Santa Croce Group (Sas dla Crusc in Ladin, Kreuzkofel in German), the idyllic Armentara Plateau embodies everything we love about walking in the Dolomites: accessibility, dramatic views (with little effort), and scenic contrasts.

The walk across the Armentara Meadows begins at the Santa Croce Chapel (La Crusc in Ladin, Heiligkreuz in German), which is accessible by two cableways (La Crusc 1 and La Crusc 2) from Badia. From the chapel, you’ll amble across the plateau, following easy pathways, before descending all the way back to Badia.

Armentara Meadows Day Hike

Armentara Meadows, Alta Badia
  • Starting Point: Badia, Alta Badia
  • Chairlift Ascent: La Crusc 1 chairlift followed by the La Crusc 2 gondola.
  • Trailhead: La Crusc Church (2045 m)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highest Point: La Crusc Church (2045 m)
  • Elevation Gain: 70 meters ascending
  • Elevation Loss: 800 meters descending
  • Time Needed: 3 hours
  • Trails: 15, 15a, 7a
  • Where to Stay: Hotel Melodia del Bosco in Badia

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Armentara Meadows Hiking Map

When to Hike Armentara Meadow

Armentara Plateau, Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy
Armentara Plateau

We recommend visiting between mid-June and mid-September, when the cableways are operating. You can hike here earlier or later in the season, but you’ll have to ascend 800 meters from Badia to the Armentara Plateau.

How to Get to La Crusc: the Armentara Meadows Trailhead

This Armentara meadows walk begins in Badia, a small town in Val Badia. It’s easy to reach Badia from other villages in Alta Badia using local bus lines.

La Crusc Cableways

To start the hike, head to the La Crusc Chairlift valley station in Badia. Take the La Crusc 1 chairlift followed by the La Crusc 2 gondola to the Santa Croce Sanctuary (2045 m). You only need to purchase a one-way ticket.

The La Crusc cableways operate from early/mid-June until late September.

Opening times:

  • La Crusc 1 chairlift: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • La Crusc 2 gondola: 8:45 am – 5:15 pm

La Crusc 1 + La Crusc 2 Pricing:

  • Adults: 13.80 EUR
  • Juniors (ages 8 – 16): 12.40 EUR
  • Babies and children (ages 0 – 8): Free

For more information on pricing and openeing times, click here.

Armentara Meadows Trail Description

Santa Croce Sanctuary to Armentara

La Crusc Pilgrimage Church, Badia, Dolomites
La Crusc Pilgrimage Church

Starting from the La Crusc/Heiligkreuz/Santa Croce chapel, trail 15 leads left beneath the Sasso Santa Croce massif (Sas dla Crusc / Kreuzkofel) to the grassy Armentara plateau.

Small wooden huts dot the green pastures of Armentara in storybook fashion. The soft alpine views unfold beautifully, beckoning you to take your time.

As you descend, follow signs to Hütte da Andre (Ranch da André refuge).

Lunch at Ranch da André refuge

Armentara Plateau, Badia, Dolomites, Italy
Herbstzeitlose (Autumn crocus) flowers.

Surrounded by goats and cows, Űtia Ranch da André (1855 m) makes for a perfect lunch stop on the Armentara plateau. The hut is open 9 am – 6 pm daily from June 1st until October 31st.

Ranch da André refuge to Badia

Armentara Plateau, Badia, Dolomites, Italy

From Űtia Ranch da André, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to hike to Badia. Follow signs 7a in the direction of Badia (1324 m). From the hut, head back to the trail a few meters and then continue right. Walk past the fenced enclosure of goats and animals. After about 20 minutes (1.2 km), you’ll arrive at the tiny lake called Lech de Valacia.

The trail continues to slope down. You’ll pass several farmsteads surrounded by grazing cows. Continue all the way to San Linert, the small hamlet above Badia. We used for orientation towards the end of the hike because the signage wasn’t very clear at times. 

Armentara Plateau, Badia, Dolomites, Italy

Where to stay in Badia

We recommend staying in the lovely and very reasonably-priced Hotel Melodia del Bosco in Badia. The rooms are modern and spacious. Guests have free access to the hotel’s wellness area, which encompasses a Finnish sauna, infrared sauna, Alpine herbs sauna, and a steam bath, as well as a relaxation area and gym. For the hotel’s location and overall quality, the price is unbeatable. When booking your room, you can opt for breakfast only or half board (breakfast and dinner).

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