Lizard Head Wilderness

Posted: Oct 07, 2012 by Sam Szarka


The Lizard Head Wilderness is a land of storybook mountains that jut above forests of aspen and spruce to towering heights, a place of wonderful blue lakes, and well watered alpine tundra expanses. The mountains receive higher than normal precipitation and are often rainy, and wet, but this gives rise to lush vegetation and spectacular summer alpine wildflowers.

The San Miguel Mountains form a spine that extends east-west through the heart of the wilderness. Wilson Peak (14,017 ft), Mt Wilson (14,246 ft), and El Diente (14,159 ft) are the high points within the wilderness. Lizard Head peak, a spire that is the namesake of the wilderness is 13,113 ft. The Lizard Head Wilderness is 41,193 acres in size.

Visiting the Wilderness

The wilderness is located nearest to the towns of Telluride, and Ophir in southwest Colorado.

From the north, access to the Lizard Head Wilderness is available on the Silver Pick or Lone Cone trails. From the south, Groundhog Stock Driveway and Navajo Lake Trail enter the Lizard Head Wilderness.

Nearby Wilderness Areas

Mt. Sneffels Wilderness, Weminuche Wilderness, Uncompahgre Wilderness