The unpaved road through Garganta del rio Tajo in Guadalajara

Garganta del Rio Tajo is a scenic canyon located in the province of Guadalajara in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It’s one of the most scenic canyon roads of Spain.

Garganta del rio Tajo

Is the road through Garganta del Rio Tajo paved?

Tucked away within the Alto Tajo Natural Park, in the central part of the country, the road through the canyon, carved by the Tajo river, is mostly unpaved with a few concrete sections and can be quite narrow in places. However, it's navigable by most passenger vehicles. This road is known as Pista Forestal Laguna de Taravilla.

How long is Garganta del Rio Tajo?

The road spans 15.3km (9.5 miles), running north-south from CM-210 road to CM-2106 road. Be aware of potential rockslides that might block the road, especially during adverse weather conditions. As it's a protected natural area, it's essential to be quiet and respectful. Avoid speeding as the limit is 30 km/h. Driving outside designated tracks is strictly forbidden, as is lighting fires. Overnight stays and camping are not allowed. Additionally, the track might be closed in the summer due to high fire risks.

Is the drive along Garganta del Rio Tajo worth it?

The drive is challenging but immensely picturesque. It's a captivating route through untouched nature, boasting breathtaking natural viewpoints along the way. One of the highlights is the Laguna de Taravilla, a mountain lagoon approximately 11 meters deep, situated at an elevation of 1,140 meters above sea level. It's a karstic lagoon, with fresh and constant waters, nestled in a mountain valley and sustained by a perennial stream. This lagoon is particularly popular and can get crowded on holidays.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez Sánchez
Pic: Carlos Sieiro del Nido