The Natural Park Grădiștea Muncelului-Cioclovina

The Natural Park Grădiștea Muncelului - Cioclovina has been declared a protected area of national interest in 2000 and it is located in the Șureanu Mountains, covering a surface of 38184 ha. Since 2007 it has been protected both as a proposal of site of community importance, and as area of special bird fauna protection for the European ecological network Natura 2000, in view of preserving the natural habitats and the species of plants and wild animals of community interest. The aim of establishing the natural park is the protection and conservation of some habitats and important natural species in terms of flora, fauna, forestry, hydrology, geology, speleology, paleontology or pedology. The natural park includes within its boundaries six of the most spectacular natural reserves of Hunedoara County: The karstic complex of Ponorâci-Cioclovina, Tecuri Cave, Șura Mare Cave ,  Crivadia Gorges, The Fossil Site Ohaba-Ponor, Bolii Cave. At the same time, here are the archeological sites included in the Patrimony of  UNESCO from Sarmizegetusa Regia, Costești, Blidaru, Luncani-Piatra Roșie to the authentic ethnographic sites  of the Luncani Flat.