Visit of Nature Park “Deer Streams”
The tour lasts: 12-14 hours
Season: all year around
The price includes:
- entrance to nature park
The Nature Park "Deer Streams" was opened on October 29th, 1999. It is situated 100 km to the south west of Ekaterinburg in Nizhnie Sergi. Located in the park is the settlement "Bazhukovo". The park covers an area of 12,700 hectares along the valley of the river Serga from Nizhnie Sergi up to the village Arakaevo.
The picturesque valley of the river Serga works its way through calcareous rocks and it abounds in various manifestations of karst. The park contains the largest cave of the Sverdlovsk district - cave «Druzhba» ("Friendship") and also other famous caves - Arakaevskaya, Katnikovskaya and karst formations “the Big Failure” and the Glacier.
This landscape variety, low level of industrial pollution and economic development of the territory of Nizhnie Sergi area give the possibility to keep numerous species of flora and fauna. Coniferous and broad-leaved forests prevail in the park.
Numerous archaeological finds and objects testify that from most ancient times primitive men occupied the valley of the river Serga. Paintings on the rock “Pisanitsa” have become popular attractions – among the 22 natural monuments found in the park.
Relief of the area is characteristic for the middle Urals with average heights of 300-500 m above sea level. The rocks “ostantsy” along the banks of the river Serga, reaching heights of 40m are of great interest for park visitors. The park is characterized by deep river valleys with steep cliffs, tributaries of the Serga, whose valley has a width of up to 250-300 metres and for the most part is a classical “V” shape.
The karst is the phenomenon widely distributed in this area. Here it is possible to see various karst forms of a relief.
All typical species of taiga fauna abound here. In the upper reaches of the river and its tributaries beaver settlements are widely distributed. The largest colonies of bats in the middle Urals - wintering in the caves are unique. In the Serga and its tributaries, all species of fish, characteristic for the mountain taiga zone of the middle Urals live - including grayling.
The Kamien "Drowned man" is situated on the right bank of the river Serga. On the top of it there is a panoramic platform from which the picturesque kind on a valley of the river Serga opens.
The rock "Pisanitsa". On the southern side of this rock, at height about 4,5 m from water the rock paintings made about 1000 years ago by Finno-Ugric hunters living here - ancestors of modern Khanty, Mansi, Chuvashs, Maris, Komi, Estonians, Finns, Hungarians and other peoples of this language group are visible. Most clearly distinguished painting - the “Red deer" - the schematic image of a deer or the lamb in a longitudinal section. In painting it is possible to see heart, kidneys, bones of back finiteness.
Besides there are the figures of people in characteristic poses and, probably more ancient, figures of animals, as though dim and executed by a paint of other shade. Archaeologists think that the “Pisanitsa” is one of ancient cult places in the river Serga valley, where the magical ceremonies connected to hunting carried out.
The cave "Friendship" and Big and Small Karst Failures are situated at 1,5 km from the river Serga in upper reaches of the Fedotov tream. In the cave there are underground streams and lakes, ice formations. In the cave there are few grottos – the grotto Baranovskogo, the grotto of the Meeting of cave explorers, the grotto “Etazherka”, a grotto of Recruits and complex three-storied labyrinth “Etazherka”. General length of the galleries of a cave is about 500 m. The Big and Small Karst Failures is the monument of Nature.
The Big Failure is big 40 m depth karst crater, one of the deepest failures on the Urals. It is probably that it was formed in result of collapse of a huge cave. The failure has oval shape and extends from northeast towards southwest.
It is possible to go downwards, using a metal ladder. At the bottom there are the lateral courses filled by beautiful ice stalactites and snow even in summer. Besides the snow and ice are kept within summer at the bottom of the failure.
Near the Big Failure there is other geomorphologic monument of Nature – Small 30 m depth Karst Failure "Druzhbinskij". There is original karst bridge in the middle part of it.
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