Mizoën is a traditional high-mountain village in the Isère department, just a stone’s throw from the Oisans ski resorts of L’Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. From the heights of its rocky peak, this remarkable site overlooks Lac du Chambon, a volcanic lake in the Monts Dore mountains. From this small village in the Oisans region, you can enjoy superb views of the Alps, as well as the village’s rural heritage, including a beautiful bread oven. Situated at a high altitude, it is one of the Alpine villages best known to hikers and rock-climbers, who find a wide range of nature walks with varying gradients and numerous slopes to climb in the surrounding mountains.
History and heritage
Mizoën would mean “at noon”. This would echo the fact that the village is bathed in natural light on its rocky outcrop. It used to be a land of mountain farmers. This identity is honored by the ecomuseum in the hamlet of Clots. The establishment is just a stone’s throw from the refuge. It’s the place to be if you want to find out more about how the farmers of yesteryear organized themselves.
Mizoën was originally located on the banks of the Romanche Gorge, a torrent that meanders between the Hautes-Alpes and Isère rivers. Some discoveries have revealed the passage of a Roman road between Grenoble and Briançon. The village has long been a strategic crossing point across the Alps. A strategic crossing point over the Alps, Mizoën had a population of up to 680 by the mid-19th century. The Chambon dam, built between 1926 and 1935, had swallowed up two hamlets of the village of Mont-de-Lans.
Nearby, you can also discover Auris en Oisans, Oz en Oisans, Val d’Isère and the famous Col du Lautaret.