Lizard Head Wilderness

Lizard Head Wilderness

Lizard Head Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Cross Peak, Lizard Head Wilderness
Map showing the location of Lizard Head Wilderness
Map showing the location of Lizard Head Wilderness
Location Dolores / San Miguel counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Telluride, CO
Coordinates [1]
Area 41,309 acres (167.17 km2)
Established January 1, 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

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.[2][3]

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.


  1. ^ "Lizard Head Wilderness".  
  2. ^ "Lizard Head Wilderness". Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lizard Head Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
Colorado with Lizard Head Wilderness in red