It is a natural reserve located in the municipality of Calatañazor, Soria, in the area known as La Dehesa del Carrillo, a short distance from the Natural Monument of La Fuentona de Muriel. Authentic living fossils, the specimens that populate this natural space of the Sabinar of Calatañazor are characterized by their height and size as well as by the age of most of them. The juniper forests, which are becoming increasingly scarce, are mainly concentrated in the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa and the south of France, and are a reason for special protection given the difficulty this tree species has in germinating its seeds and the scarce world population that is preserved.
The specimens that we will find here are of white juniper and in some cases they exceed 15 m in height and 3 m in diameter. This is the densest juniper tree in all of Europe, due to the characteristics of the soil and the use that is given to this natural space, which is a place for livestock grazing. The enclosure invites to be crossed and to be visiting the different specimens that compose it, many of them with an age superior to 400 years. In this forest we can also find different species of plants such as the wild rose or the San Benito grass, as well as fungi such as the perrochicos or the pieazul also take advantage of the special conditions that the junipers bring to this place. While we walk through the Sabinar of Calatañazor, if we are attentive, we will surely be able to contemplate some redhead, owl or wren that among other birds and animals inhabit this place of Soria. The Sabinar of Calatañazor, as it could not be otherwise, is also crossed by some trekking routes that communicate it with the nearby Natural Monument of La Fuentona de Muriel and with the medieval town of Calatañazor.
This type of juniper is known among the Sorians as enebros, while the common junipers are known by the name of Sabinos or Jabinos. Luckily both species are easy to differentiate between them thanks to their leaves, as both have bluish fruits with similar characteristics.
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Currently Castilla y León has a total of 143 unique trees throughout its territory, so declared by its special monumental value, historical or scientific, this forest of junipers was declared a Natural Reserve in 1992.
To reach Calatañazor the access road is the N-122 that joins Soria and Valladolid, approximately 25 km from Soria we must take the detour that, following the SO-P-5026, leads to Calatañazor. It is on this same road but on the section between Calatañazor and the town of Muriel de la Fuente where we will find the Sabinar de Calatañazor.
Next to the access to the Sabinar of Calatañazor Natural Reserve we will have a space at the edge of the road where we will be able to park our vehicle and start the view.
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