The geological path Dos Capèl, created in the seventies, is the first ever geo-tourist path in Italy. Together with the Geological museum of the Dolomites of Predazzo and Latemar MontagnAnimata it has been completely renovated: the opening has been in July 2017. Thirteen thematic stations talk about the Dolomites from “real life” with illustrations by the Portughese artist Bernardo Carvalho and simple explanatory texts which will guide you through the world’s history up to 240 million years ago.
The Geotrail Dos Capèl sets off from Rifugio Passo Feudo. You can reach Passo Feudo by using the two lifts which depart from Predazzo: first of all take the cable car which leads you to Gardonè and then the chair lift up to Rifugio Passo Feudo.
Walk downhill along the path to reach the stone cairn (to your left) and just beyond it you will find a boat, to testify that the sea was here once.
Here you will find the first of the 13 interactive stations. Continue along the steep ascent which leads you shortly towards the top of the hill, passing along rocky walls with various stratifications, not only horizontal but vertical as well as bends which prove the strength there was between tectonic plates. Along the itinerary you will find other stations which will explain the different geological phenomena of Piz Boè and the Sella Group.
Continuing along the road, on the flat section, you will walk near a rock face where there are various geological phenomena present, proceed and you will reach an area of antennae from where it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view over Pale di San Martino and Passo Rolle, Val di Fassa with its famous peaks: the south face of Marmolada, Piz Boè and Sella Group.
Continue by keeping more or less the same height and reach what during winter is the ski slope called Tresca. Here you will notice that the rock is made of white and black stripes. This was not made by a Juventus fan but simply by nature. Predazzo’s volcanic lava, with its eruptions of 238 million years ago, sneaked into the dolomitic-limestone rock, sometimes even reaching the surface. What you see are the lava exit chimneys (dark rock) in between the layer of dolomitic limestone (white rock).
Keep on going until you will find, on the left, signs inviting you to follow a slightly uphill path. After a couple of hair pin bends, along which you will find another station, you will reach the top of Dos Capèl. On the ground there is a metal circle with all the mountains eteched on it, offering a unique view ranging 360 degrees.
Head down along the path to join up with the forestry road taken previously and start to head back towards Passo Feudo and the chair lift. Remember that the chair lift closes at 5.30 pm and the cable car at 5.45 pm.
If you take this path with children and kids, do not forget to pass by the Info Point at Gardonè to pick up a playbook “Geotrail Dos Capèl, the Triassic World” (€ 6,00 each) and the young geologist’s kit with back pack, lens, gloves, glasses and plastic bags for collecting the rocks you find along the itinerary.
Once you are back in the town of Predazzo we recommend you visit the geological Museum of the Dolomites which is situated in the centre, near the church.
A door onto the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage
Opened in 1899 it remains one of the Region’s oldest. It is the result of the cultural ferment and attention given to these territories by the world of international geological research from the beginning of the nineteenth century, when a new theory on the origin of mountains was being developed right in Predazzo.
The museum today aims to recount the story of the Fiemme and Fassa Dolomites and its millennial relationship with the territory, with a contemporary museological approach which puts the visitor at the centre.
With the new exhibition project the unique samples of exceptional value which are part of the museum ‘s geological collection have found a new collocation. The Museum’s heritage counts more than 12.000 examples including the most prosperous collection of invertebrate fossils of the middle-triassic period conserved in Italy.
During the summer period the Museum animates itself with educational labs, interactive guided visits, conferences, excursions on the territory and special events.