The Ala Dağlar National Park (Ala Dağlar Milli Parkı) protects the rugged middle range of the Taurus Mountains between Kayseri, Niğde and Adana. It's famous throughout the country for its extraordinary trekking routes, which snake through craggy limestone ranges and across a high plateau dotted with lakes. For bird enthusiasts a trip to the Ala Dağlar is all about spotting the elusive Caspian snowcock, which makes its home in the high reaches of the Taurus.
The most popular walks start at the small settlements of Çukurbağ and Demirkazık, 40km east of Niğde. Çukurbağ is also the best base from which to plan any Ala Dağlar adventures thanks to clued-up pension owners who can organise a range of activities.
You can also reach the mountains via Yahyalı, 80km due south of Kayseri. From here it's another 60km to the impressive Kapuzbaşı waterfalls (best seen between March and May) on the Zamantı River.