Natural Monument of the Sequoias del Monte Cabezón in Cantabria

Natural Monument of the Sequoias of Monte Cabezon Cantabria
Many believe that when the summer ends, the opportunities to have a good time outside the home also come to an end, but nothing is further from reality. And it is that although we can not sunbathe, take a dip in the pool or have a drink at the beach bar, during the autumn we can enjoy the natural spaces of our country in a different way. And you already know that during this time of year the forests and mountains take on a very special tone.

Today in Hard Hobbit To Break we want to tell you about one of those forests that is worth visiting in the fall. It's about the call Mount Cabezón Sequoia National Monument, a place located in the autonomous community of Cantabria. Do you want to discover more details about this beautiful corner of Cantabria? Well, be very attentive to what we tell you next!

A Protected Natural Space

The trees that we are going to talk about today are not just any trees, but rather the Sequoias of Monte Cabezón have behind them a lot of "titles": they are a "Protected Natural Space" of Cantabria, they have been declared a Natural Monument by the Government of Cantabria and were included in the Network of Natural Spaces Protected by the Cantabrian Nature Conservation Law. As they tell us from the official Cantabria Tourism website, this natural monument is actually a 2.5-hectare redwood forest, trees scientifically known as sequoia sempervirens, which is located in the Monte de Las Navas, very close to the town of Cabezón de la Sal.

Natural Monument of the Sequoias of Monte Cabezon Cantabria1

The history of the forest

Redwoods are rare trees in Spain. In fact, we can only find a few small masses in a semi-natural state. However, in the 1940s, during the Franco era, it occurred to someone to plant more than 800 specimens here to supply wood to the industry in the area, since it is a rapidly growing area. However, they were not cut down, since when the time came to do so they were no longer of interest to anyone. Luckily, thanks to this fact, today we can enjoy a tremendously beautiful forest.

Spectacular views

Today 848 redwoods survive, with an average height of 36 meters. As for the average perimeter, it is 1.6 meters. In case you didn't know, redwoods are evergreen, so they keep their leaves year-round. Thus, you will enjoy the forest during all seasons. And it is that the views both vertically and horizontally are truly spectacular. On the other hand, it is important to note that this natural monument also includes 25 feet of the species pinus radiata. The area is suitable for comfortable walking. In fact, the route, which is circular, has hardly any difficulties. Of course, it is important to note that the tour is not prepared for wheelchairs or baby carriages.

Natural Monument of the Sequoias of Monte Cabezon Cantabria2


Redwoods have their origin in America. In fact, its name comes from the word "sequioah", a Cherokee Indian who invented an alphabet for the language of his tribe. The tree is characterized by its robustness and the conical shape of its crown. Under normal conditions it can exceed 50 meters in height, while it can live from 1,000 to 3,000 years. Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you can find more images of this beautiful forest located in Cantabria. Do not miss it!

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