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Lizard Head Wilderness, Colorado

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The Lizard Head Wilderness is a wilderness area in southwest Colorado. It contains 41,309 acres (167.17 km2) and is jointly managed by the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests. It is 10 miles (16 km) southwest of the town of Telluride and is named for a prominent rock formation that is said to look like a lizard's head. Lizard Head itself is 13,113 feet (3,997 m) and is a volcanic spire of crumbling rock. Due to the steepness of the cliffs and the poor quality of the rock for fixing ropes, only experienced mountaineers should attempt to summit the spire. Another 37 miles (60 km) of trails in this infrequently visited wilderness, are also strenuous and should be attempted by more advanced backpackers.
The area includes three prominent fourteeners: El Diente Peak (14,159 feet (4,316 m)), Wilson Peak (14,017 feet (4,272 m)), and Mount Wilson (14,246 feet (4,342 m)). The area includes the headwaters of the west fork of the Dolores River.
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  • We drove thur Lizard Head Pass in the later part of September. In one direction were beautiful treeless mountains, in other directions the Aspen Leaves were at there peak, very beautiful. This was a.....  more »
  • The drive is spectacular!!!!! When you reach the top of the pass where the trail is, you are in a beautiful valley. The surrounding mountains are amazing.. everything was so green and lush--+so many....  more »
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