Routes in Burgos
In this route, you can know the most important fossil tracks in Burgos
The sites in Burgos province date from 128 to 114 million years ago. In those ancient times, Burgos was a swampy plain split up by canals, lakes and marshes. The tropical and subtropical climate favored the growth of abundant vegetation, the basic food of the dinosaurs.
The route of the dinosaurs in the Burgos area consists of a series of fossil tracks in the southeastern part of Burgos province. This paleontological itinerary begins in Mambrillas de Lara (La Pedraja site), continues via Salas de los Infantes (Costalomo site and the Dinosaur Museum) and goes as far as Regumiel de la Sierra (El Frontal site). The Museo de Dinosaurios (Dinosaur Museum) in Salas de los Infantes exhibits skeletal remains of the dinosaurs that probably left those tracks and provides information to better understand the area's animal and plant life during the Mesozoic Era.
The aforementioned sites have been officially been declared as being "of cultural interest" (Bien de Interés Cultural), granting them special protection status. Cleaning the surface, strengthening and sealing cracks, and fixing loose pieces of the rock with mortar are some of the actions taken to ensure their preservation. The site as a whole is protected from harmful weather and biological elements by a wall, a roof or pergola, and a fence. The main objective is to ensure that present and future generations can enjoy the site.
The visitor will get to know and admire the tracks from the steps these gigantic Mesozoic creatures took in a time when the Earth features climates and oceans very different from the ones we know today. It's not just the size or appearance of the fossil tracks that provokes our admiration. Just being aware that we are observing fleeting moments in the life of some animals that ceased to exist millions of years ago is enough.
Traveling through the areas around Sierra de la Demanda and Pinares can also be a pleasurable experience when we take the time to enjoy their cuisine, popular architecture, monuments, natural beauty, long history and the good company of the people who call it home.