Rules for visitors

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The primary objective of the National Park is "to preserve the integrity of its natural wealth and its particular landscapes"  as well as "to manage its’ public use and enjoyment for the whole of society, consistently with its conservation". Visitors’ rules are thus necessary to allow such an enjoyment, without jeopardising the conservation of natural and cultural wealth.

The Park conservation depends to a large extent on visitors’ attitude and behaviour. For this reason, complete cooperation is needed by all visitors, in the fulfilment of the protection rules. Keep in mind that:

General rules

  • Respect the Park natural and cultural wealth by following all guidelines posted at signs, storyboards, prescribed itineraries, and restrictions on access, being temporary or permanent. Follow instructions from National Park staff.

  • It is not allowed to carry out activities or behaviours that could endanger Park conservation, disturb peace, or result in damage to another visitor’s experience.

  • Respect the flora and the fauna. It is not allowed:

    • To pull out, cut, or harm vegetation; as well as to collect fruits, flowers, and seeds.

    • To disturb, wound, capture, or kill any wild animal, their eggs, new-borns, or larvae.
  • Pet animals should be constantly under the control of the owner, and they should be on a leash when walking around Peñalara area or any visitors gathering point.

  • It is prohibited to introduce plants or to release animals, since they might spread disease and could disturb or dislodge local specimens.

  • Respect the silence of nature.  Everyone has the right to enjoy the Park.  Do not use any object which emits strange or strident noises such as megaphones, whistles, or music players. Do not carry out any activity that could upset or frighten the animals.

  • It is not allowed to use dazzling lights or flashes that could disturb the stillness at night, excluding the use of individual torch lamps.
  • Make sure nobody will notice you were here. Do not contaminate the Park with your garbage. Take it out of the National Park and put it in containers. We do not have to throw any food waste that could soil the environment and change the animals’ eating habits.

  • It is not allowed to collect, destroy, or alter any element having archaeological, historical, or geological value.

  • It is not allowed to light fires any time of the year. Do not throw cigarette butts; they could cause a fire, and they take a lot of years to degrade.

Trekking

  • Stay on marked footpaths; opening new paths encourages soil erosion and in addition, leaving the paths in unknown areas is unsafe.

  • It is not allowed to make inscriptions, signs, symbols or drawings, either on trees, or stones, or facilities. Paths signposting is a matter for the National Park management, therefore, landmarks should not be built and signs indicating a new route should not be placed. Should you find any faults, please tell the National Park staff.

About water

  • Bathing is not allowed in water courses, excluding areas approved for this purpose on the Madrid slope. In connection with the Segovia slope, the provisions of -Water Law and its implementing regulations will apply.
  • It is not allowed to wash pots and pans, in rivers, streams or water ponds, nor is it permitted to use any detergent, soap or bleach in its neighbourhood.

Mountain biking

Make a responsible use of your bike in the environment:

  • It is not allowed to drive out from the margins of cattle tracks (Vías Pecuarias), or from tracks and public paths where biking is permitted.

  • Walkers and riders always have priority, as well as migrating livestock in their way across cattle cracks. Slow down when you approach them, or if necessary stop your bike.

  • Keep in mind you should drive at a reduced speed, and this for your own safety and the safety of other users. Do brake progressively, avoiding skids that could damage the surface of the way and adversely affect the environment.

  • Do not throw in your way wrappers from jelly, bars, or any other packaged food you should eat. Keep them until you would reach a container.

Horse rides

  • In general, equestrian routes will be held across tracks, paths measuring more than three metres wide and cattle tracks (Vías Pecuarias), as well as public roads and traditionally used routes. Minimal wide for paths is not ruled in the Segovia slope. Horse riding is not allowed in several areas, as Peñalara massif. Ask for details before you plan your activity.

  • In crossroads, the right of way among riders and walkers will be determined by mutual respect rules, and it will be assigned at a time, to the one who should need it. On cattle tracks (Vías Pecuarias), priority goes for migrating livestock.

  • In case the horse ride were the source of an economic activity, an authorization will be required.

Climbing

  • Climbing is allowed, excluding in Reservation Areas or sites under access restrictions for conservation purposes (such as the Peñalara Dam zone or any temporarily closed ways). Ask for information at the nearest Visitors Centre. It is not permitted to open new routes with a drill, nor to bolt again the existing ones.

  • The usage of nails or technical drilling rock means is not allowed, as long as it could generate mechanical or acoustic environment aggressions.

  • It is forbidden to use magnesium, or any other chemical rock gripping products for hands or feet. Do not use brushes or any other means to wipe vegetation from the rocks, since they are unique natural enclaves for many of vegetable species.
  • Do respect the rearing period of birds that nest in crags, whenever you should find a nest, please tell it to the National Park staff, in order to signal it.

Camping and bivouac

  • Camping is not allowed. Free and uncontrolled camping helps to garbage proliferation and natural ecosystems degradation, and therefore it is not permitted inside the National Park limits. It is as well forbidden in the rest of Madrid Community and Castilla y León territories. There are mountain refuges with guards, as well as hotel and camping services located in the surrounding villages, where you could stay.

  • Bivouac or bivouacking is understood as a sleeping rough activity, without any camping tent or double sheet. The usage of sleeping bags or bivouac sleeves is permitted. Do not built parapets or drainage ditches.

  • In accordance with the Peñalara PRUG (the Park Management and Use Chart), organized bivouacking groups with more than 10 people will require a particular authorization. Bivouacking in the Peñalara old Natural Park area is possible, over 2.100 m altitude, and in unforested sites of its Peripheral Protection Area, over the 1.700 m altitude.

Motor vehicles traffic

  • Driving motor vehicles across tracks and paths will require a particular authorization.

  • Do not stop in the limits of the roads or in the tracks and paths accesses. In case of emergency, it would cause serious trouble.

 

HELP US TO PRESERVE THE PARK!

Cooperating with the Park good maintenance will enable all of us to continue enjoying this area and appreciating its wealth.

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