Surrealistic landscape in the mountains of the Western Alps, France. The photo was taken at La Casse Déserte. La Casse Déserte, is a barren, rocky landscape located at 2200 metres in the municipality of Arvieux, on the slope south of the Col d'Izoard. It is a mythical place of the Tour de France. La Casse Déserte, located at the entrance of the Queyras Regional Park, is a geological oddity: for more than 2 km the road winds between the limestone rocks, with boulders at their foot, standing upright like needles with their characteristic ochre colour. La Casse Déserte was protected in 1937.