Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park

Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park
 

Overview
El Cañón del Río Lobos was one of the first protected areas in Castilla y León and is located between the provinces of Burgos and Soria. The deep canyon which the river Lobos runs through is approximately 20km in length and sheer limestone. It is a spectacular place to visit.

Walking
Visits by car and on foot are restricted. The Centro de Interpretación (Interpretation Centre) can provide exact dates. There is a pathway which runs parallel to the river which takes you to a hermitage in Burgos. The pathway takes you past San Bartolome's (eighteenth century) hermitage along the route.

Sightseeing
The Cañón del Río Lobos natural park and its surroundings contain a valuable collection of artistic remains from traditional towns and villages: Ermita de San Bartolomé, Ucero, San Leonardo and El Burgo de Osma. At Ermita de San Bartolomé there is a 13th century shrine and there are various recreational areas within the park:for example viewpoints at Mirador de Costalago y de la Galiana and Puente de los Siete Ojos.

Geology
Deep canyon with escarped vertical walls, carved into Cretaceous compact limestone. Karstic landscape formed by water dissolving rock.inside the limestone mass there is a labyrinth of caves on different levels interlinked through deep abysses and gulleys.

Animals/Birds
There a great variety of animal species, most notably, over a 100 pairs of Griffon vultures. There are also golden eagles, Egyptian vultures, Bonelli’s eagles, falcons and buzzards. The mammals include roe deer, wild boars, squirrels, otters, badgers and wild cats.

Plants
The Cañón del Río Lobos natural park contains extensive juniper and Austrian pine woods. Incense juniper, Austrian pine, Spanish lavender, furze and juniper shrubs.

 

 
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