This mountain area is the highest inhabited zone of the Jura Massif, at the border of the Jura and Ain departments. It consists of 9 villages. Septmoncel, Les Moussieres, Lajoux and La Pesse are the main ones. The area offers the most impressive panoramic views of the surrounding Jura mountains. Various winter sports activities can be enjoyed. It is well suited for cross-country skiing with 240 km of trails and its downhill skiing slopes are best for beginners and intermediates.
Hautes Combes belong to the Regional Natural Park of Haut Jura. Saint Claude, with 13,000 inhabitants and at an altitude of 440 m, is the main city and is the ideal place to start exploring the Haut-Jura.