Due to its natural sights and unique landscape features it has been protected as a nature park. It is the site of nearly twenty waterfalls, the best known being the Rinka waterfall, which has been designated a natural monument. The valley's unusual landscape features also include abysses, overhanging walls, springs and much more. The valley provides a perfect base for treks into the nearby Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
The lower end of the valley is occupied by the village of Gornji Grad, once the seat of the Ljubljana Diocese. The village is the location of several cultural sights and historical monuments, notably the Church of Sts. Hermagoras and Fortunatus, Slovenia's biggest sacred building of the Baroque period.